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.