Eastern Parkway Encounter

March 30th, 2007 § 0 comments

I was walking along Eastern Parkway in Brooklyn this evening, as I passed an Orthodox Jewish gentleman, wearing his traditional suit and hat. It was about half past six on a Friday afternoon, and he was getting his car detailed. He got my attention with a wave of his hand:

“Excuse me,” he asked, “are you Jewish?”

Somewhat taken aback by such a question, I just shook my head ‘no’.

“Have wonderful evening,” he responded, and I carried on my way.

I’ve been thinking about this for almost the entire time since. Why did he want to know? And, assuming I answered ‘yes’, what would have happened?

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