Jews are an amazing people.
When I asked this tourist if he was Jewish he answered, "Yes, Sephardi."
"But is your mother Jewish?"
I asked him where he is from. He answered, "Brooklyn."
Okay, from here it is all normal, I mean typical... a Jew from Brooklyn.
After we finished with tefillin I asked him what he does for a living. I bet you a buck you won't guess this one, not in a thousand years. Where is this young Sephardic Jew working? Moscow! He teaches English in Moscow!
The Russian Chabadnik who works at the tefillin stand started talking to him in Russian. Seemed fluent to me.
What in the world is a young Sephardi Jewish boy from Brooklyn doing teaching English in Russia? Amazing people… I bet his students appreciate him.
"And all the nations of the earth shall bless themselves by your descendants…." This is Hashem's blessing to Avraham 4,000 years ago because Avraham obeyed Hashem's voice.[i]
[i] Genesis 22:18