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So I yesterday I was at the Steacie Science Library at York University with my laptop at one of the public study desks. Just for the record I wear a yarmulka. I noticed a fellow who looked like a religious Jew take a seat a few spots down from me and we made eye contact and he kind of gave me a nod of acknowledgment – you know one of those “we’re on the same team!” nods. Anyways, I continued studying for a few minutes and then I got a tap on the back and it was that guy, and he asked me if I could watch his stuff for a minute while he went out to make a phone call and I said yes! He eventually came back and then I had to step out for a minute too and so I did likewise and he watched my laptop while I was gone.

I dono, I just think it’s cool that even though we were complete strangers, he felt comfortable asking me for a helping hand since I was also visibly a Jew. That’s how the Jewish community is supposed to work, and it felt good to have an experience where that’s how it went. This is one of the main goals of Judaism. We should all be there for each other – religious and non-religious alike.  Really, as the light unto the nations, we are supposed to be there for the entire world, and a non-Jewish stranger should feel totally comfortable asking any Jew to watch their stuff! Obviously that’s not how it is right now. But that’s why it was cool to have that experience, kind of like a taste of the world to come…. Really, the end goal is a world where a person doesnt even need their stuff watched in the first place, but we gotta start somewhere. I’m going to end by saying that if you’re reading this, then take that idea to heart and do something nice for a stranger in the next day. You’ll be proud to be a Jew (or a non-Jew if that’s the case) too.

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5 Responses to “One reason I love being a Jew…”

  1. jv says:

    This your first experience of such at york?

  2. mikecg says:

    I doubt it was my first experience like that, but it was definitely the first time it’s happened where I was sensitive of the implications. Especially given all the anti-jewish hostility on campus, it’s good to know that there are still jews on campus, and we’re looking out for each other.

  3. urgahrt says:

    Hussam was going to speak at soas in day 5 of the Israeli Apartheid Week but…

    Please Note that Day 5 in the Apartheid Week is cancelled. Hussam Khader was refused permission by the Israelis to Travel.

    I wonder why…… read on.

    Militant Islam Monitor > Satire > Paid Assassins ‘lawmaker’ Husam Khader convicted of forming terror group and dispatching suicide bombers
    Paid Assassins ‘lawmaker’ Husam Khader convicted of forming terror group and dispatching suicide bombers
    September 4, 2005 Haaretz

    http://www.hussamkhader.org/english/internal_eng/photos2.htm

    MIM: Note that Khader was convicted of ‘forming a terrorist group’ which once again shows that the PA ‘parliament’ where he was a ‘lawmaker’ is more aptly referred to as the Paid Assassins. If Khader gets out of jail he could always make a living by professing to be an ex terrorist who loves Jews and join forces with people like Walid Shoebat and others who have made a lucrative business out of speaking to Jewish audiences for thousands of dollars and gushing to them about their metamorphosis from terrorism to Judeophilia. (see bio below)

    http://www.jpost.com/servlet/Satellite?pagename=JPost/JPArticle/ShowFull&cid=1125831261134

    PA lawmaker guilty of terror charges

    An Israeli military court on Sunday convicted a Palestinian lawmaker of being a member of a terror group and helping to fund terror attacks, including at least one failed suicide bombing, the IDF said.

    Husam Khader, the 43-year-old lawmaker, reached a plea bargain agreement with prosecutors and confessed to the charges, the IDF said. Khader has been a lawmaker since 1996.
    Khader, who was arrested in March 2003, was convicted of helping to form a terror group in the area of the West Bank city of Nablus, helping to filter money to the group so it could purchase weapons and of failing to prevent an attack he knew was planned, the IDF said in a statement.
    Khader’s group sent two suicide bombers to a West Bank settlement in January 2003, but the attack was foiled by security forces, the statement said.
    Khader will be sentenced on October 23.

    A longtime member of Palestinian leader Mahmoud Abbas’ ruling Fatah movement, Khader is a leader of the Fatah youth group and was arrested several times during the first intifada in the 1980s for participating in the movement’s activities. He was convicted only once and sentenced to 18 months in prison.

    Khader was also one of several hundred Palestinians deported by Israel in 1988 for his uprising activities. Khader returned to the West Bank in 1994.

  4. anarchore says:

    Wow that is so heartwarming. When you guys take over the whole world, what a wonderful place it will be. It is great that we can trust J-ws to watch our stuff.

  5. Stan Wangen says:

    I happened to stop and read your blog post and love so much what you said. I am a non-Jew but love the Jewish people and really believe you are a light unto the nations; great illustration concerning protecting each others property and thus their person. Great writing.

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