Kippot and my commute, part II; New Jersey Jewish News, part II

Kippot and my commute, part I

New Jersey Jewish News, part I

This morning, as I emerged in Penn Station from my New Jersey Transit train from South Orange, a woman and her grown son stopped me and said, “Excuse me, are you the guy from the New Jersey Jewish News?”

“That’s me,” I said.

We had a rambling conversation while I was on my way into the bowels of Penn Station to hop on the subway. At one point, the woman told me that she’s a scout leader and that she was recently leading an all-Jewish troop on a trip at some camp. At the same time they were at she was there with her all-Jewish troop, there was also a group of Messianic Jews Jews for Jesus Christians at the camp. Some of them wore tzitzit, but no kippah. As I do. And as the article in the New Jersey Jewish News described. She had to explain who these weirdos were to her scouts.

Yesterday, she told me, they saw me on the train and wondered if I was another such person. Later that day, however, they saw the NJJN and figured it out.

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4 Responses to Kippot and my commute, part II; New Jersey Jewish News, part II

  1. Laura July 22, 2011 at 12:11 pm #

    At the same time they were at she was there with her all-Jewish troop, there was also a group of Messianic Jews Jews for Jesus Christians at the camp. Some of them wore tzitzit, but no kippah. As I do.

    Oh crap I never thought about that.
    Those people are ruining my life lately.

    • David A.M. Wilensky July 23, 2011 at 1:27 pm #

      Yeah, it gave me pause.

      But the end of the day, I’m not going to stop doing something that I do for a good reason just because a group of yahoos I don’t much care for also does it.

  2. Alex July 22, 2011 at 2:48 pm #

    I was recognizing you in crowds before it was cool….does this mean I lose my “biggest fan” title?