These comments on my guest post on the Frum Satire blog, “Living Life from Under My Jewfro”, caught my eye and I wanted to share them with you: (They have been slightly edited.)
Funny story #1:
“Hahahah, I get the Jesus question all the time!!!
I recently had a [conversation] with an Asian Christian friend of mine [who] refused to understand the concept that we [Jews] don’t believe in Jesus…. It went something like this:
Girl: So do Jewish people believe in Jesus?
Me: No, we don’t.
Girl: So what do you believe in then?
Girl: Oh. Well, do you believe in him being the Messiah?
Me: No, we don’t. But we believe the Messiah is coming soon.
Girl: Oh, so like another son of G-d?
Me: No, we don’t believe that G-d has human sons with a human woman. [The Messiah] is just going to be a messenger, as human as the rest of us.
Girl: So, it’s just like a second Jesus?
Me (as patiently as humanly possible at this point): No, we don’t think it is a second Jesus. It’s different. But he will be the Messiah.
Girl: So you believe it is just another Messiah. The second one, right?
Me: NO! One Messiah. He hasn’t come yet. We do not believe it was Jesus. [We do not believe Jesus] is the biological son of G-d.
It was a long day. Discussing religion with my Christian friends is like begging for a migraine.”
Here’s another funny story from “Bearded, JewFro’d Man”:
[Here is a] somewhat typical/somewhat odd conversation with an African American lady on the train yesterday – in Chicago (no, not all Jews live in New York City):
LADY: What nationality are you?
ME: Well, I’m American. But I’m guessing you are wondering if I am Jewish. But I that’s more of a religion than a nationality.
LADY: Yes, that is what I was wondering. Because you look Jewish. You just have that look about you. (She gestures her hand in a circle around her face.)
ME: Yeah, I get that a lot.
LADY: Wow, so you are Jewish. That is sooo cool. (She has a huge smile on her face.)
ME: Really? How so?
LADY: Because you are from the Chosen People. That’s what we believe in my church. You and your people are so special.
ME: Gee…well, thank you. You are pretty special, too.
Then the conductor came around and asked for everyone’s fare because this was not a regular train, but the kind that goes from the city out to the burbs.
LADY (to the conductor): Stamp mine twice please. (And she points to me.)
Moral: Sometimes it pays to “look Jewish.”
Thank you to “Oy Vey” and “Bearded JewFro’d Man” (pseudonyms, duh) for letting me post this on my blog!