Happy Jew Year!

Turning the corner I hear a man explaining the ram’s horn, how it’s called a shofar, and why it’s an important part of the Jewish new year.

The man doing the explaining is a rabbi. He wants to know if there are more Jews around.

“I don’t think so,” the other man says.

Suddenly, the rabbi sees me.

“There! There is a Jew.”

The rabbi sprints toward me. His son, a boy of about ten, follows close behind.

“Shalom.”

Before I can respond, the rabbi’s son slaps a yarmulke on my head.

“We’re going to pray,” the rabbi says.

I tell him it’s been a while since I’ve done that, like not since my bar mitzvah.

“It’s ok,” he says. “It’ll only take a second.”

The rabbi leads and I follow. He tells me I’m not as rusty as I think.

“You knew three quarters,” he says.

The rabbi blows the shofar.

I thank him and return the yarmulke.

A man passes the three of us and says, “Happy new year, guys!”

“Is he Jewish too?” the rabbi’s son asks.

“No. Definitely not. But we should all wish each other a happy and a healthy new year.”

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