Only if you’re living under a rock have you missed the news that a plane was diverted because a flight attendant mistook a White Plains Jewish teen putting on tefillin for a terrorist. Yes, they thought it was a (tefillin) bomb.
No, this is not part of my stand-up routine but it will be.
So, okay, yeah, it’s time to admit that some of the stuff us Orthodox Jewish folk do looks kinda crazy to non-Jews!
I remember my husband strapping on tefillin at the airport in front of Alyssa Milano who was on our flight from New York to Los Angeles and I thought, “Great, Alyssa Milano thinks we’re crazy. Now I can’t ask for her autograph.”
My husband, of course, said, “Who’s Alyssa Milano?”
This is what happens when you grow up without a proper television.
(Another time, I ran into Alyssa Milano’s costar in Beverly Hills. It was my first time in Beverly Hills and my husband said, “People expect they’ll run into celebrities around here. Like, you know, that guy’s probably a celebrity” and he pointed at some random passerby. And I said, “OMG! That’s Leo from Charmed!” You can imagine what my husband said.)
Anyway, this is a truly inspired piece: “What Non-Jews May Think of Some Jewish Rituals”