Friday is the day of the Mitzvah Tank. If you are not familiar, click HERE for a definition.
On Friday afternoon the Mitzvah Tank pictured above, is always parked outside the building where I work, blasting it’s klezmer-style music. I am always chased down the street by a young gentleman and asked, “Are you Jewish?” I always politely respond, “No, I am not”.
By definition, they are reaching out to non-observant and alienated Jews. I have a complex about being stopped, as I am starting to think I look like an alienated Jew. I am not even sure what an alienated Jew looks like, but it’s not what I want to present to the rest of the world. If the gentlemen of the Mitzvah Tank think I look non-observant, I can live with that, but alienated? That just sounds depressing. Maybe one day it will be clear, but until then, maybe I should smile more.
Shabbat Shalom, to all of my Jewish friends! Happy Weekend to all!