Friday, July 09, 2010


This One Is Hard To Believe


by Reb Gutman Locks at Mystical Paths

This one shocked me: I was on my way to the makolet (grocery store) here in the Rova(Quarter). When I passed the second small Arab bakery, there was a middle-aged Israeli man about to buy one of those rolls that look like long, soft bagels.

    As I went by I said, “The Arab bakery a couple of doors down is kosher,” and I pointed to the other bakery.

   He looked at me angrily, and in a gruff, loud voice he said, “I love not-kosher!”

   “That’s up to you,” I said, a little startled.

   “The only important thing,” he went on angrily, “is that you should love your neighbor as yourself!” He spoke as if I had said something really wrong and he was correcting me.

   “But I’m your neighbor, too.” I answered.

   “Yes!” he yelled, still in a gruff voice, and he nodded his head. He stopped for a moment, then without saying a word, he turned and walked over to the kosher bakery!

    As the saying goes, “Go figure.” I was stunned. I smiled a little and walked on to the makolet wondering, “How did that happen?”


Lvnsm27 said...

Interesting story. :)

I think people need to understand that we can be respectful without breaking Jewish law and eating Non-kosher; we can go to the kosher Arab bakery
In regards to others respecting us, while there is always anti semitism, I feel that in general, Non-Jews respect us more when we follow our laws.

neshama said...

TWO Arab bakeries in the Rova?
Or were you in the muslim quarter?
Are they slowly moving in to the Jewish area?

Shiloh said...

Neshama, there are bakeries, there is a grocery store, a fruit stand in the Rova run by Arabs. Probably more that I am not aware, but if Jews quit buying, they would not be there.

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