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Silly Rabbi…

Monday, 3 May 2010

It’s really a wonder that I’ve been able to pursue higher education given my natural tendancy towards sheer ditziness.

Case in point:

A couple in their 70’s approached our information booth at yesterday’s Israel Expo. After chatting with them for a few moments, it was clear that they wanted to receive regular information about upcoming events. The woman asked if she could give me her business card. While she was digging around in her purse, the husband posed a question.

Man: May I have a kiss?

Sounds weird, right? Except I cannot count the number of times men, typically older men, comment that they’ve never had a kiss from a lady rabbi. It’s a generational thing and the comments don’t really bother me.

Not wanting to appear unfriendly or prudish, I leaned in and gave a soft kiss on his cheek.

Man (gesturing to the bowl on the table): Um…I meant a chocolate.

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21 Comments leave one →
  1. HSaboMilner permalink
    Monday, 3 May 2010 5:17 pm

    You ARE blonde, right?!! snicker….LOVE IT!!!

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Monday, 3 May 2010 5:20 pm

      Yeah. I am. And no one has ever questioned if the colour is real. {{sigh}}

  2. homeshuling permalink
    Monday, 3 May 2010 5:18 pm

    that’s totally hysterical.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Monday, 3 May 2010 5:21 pm

      It’s a lot funnier today than it was yesterday. It was more along the lines of MORTIFYING!!!

  3. Monday, 3 May 2010 5:24 pm

    Oh. My. God-of-Israel. You did NOT!!!!!!! How funny:)

  4. Frume Sarah permalink*
    Monday, 3 May 2010 5:27 pm

    Yes. Yes, Phyl, I really did. And it was utterly mortifying. I must have turned every shade of red.

    I gave him two HERSHEY’s kisses.

  5. Monday, 3 May 2010 6:12 pm

    I am literally laughing out loud!! What a GREAT story 🙂

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Monday, 3 May 2010 6:19 pm

      It was absolutely mortifying. I mean…what was running through this man’s head???

  6. Monday, 3 May 2010 6:12 pm

    Ah, the nuances of language 😉

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Monday, 3 May 2010 6:20 pm

      I am often a victim of the “nuances of language.” I might have to create a special tag…

  7. Monday, 3 May 2010 7:54 pm

    LOL!!! What was his reaction? Did he seem surprised? Embarrassed? Did he laugh?

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 6 May 2010 10:32 am

      Surprised? How about flabbergasted. And then he laughed.

  8. Sheila Gershwin permalink
    Monday, 3 May 2010 8:02 pm

    That was truly a cute story. You probably made his day anyway, with or without the “chocolate kiss”.

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 6 May 2010 10:33 am

      Aw…thanks, Sheila.

  9. Monday, 3 May 2010 8:24 pm

    cute, cute and more cute and, i’m sure, the topic of conversation at their dinner table that night, too! 🙂

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 6 May 2010 10:35 am

      I bet the conversation was in the car ride home!!! Can only imagine… UGH!

  10. Tuesday, 4 May 2010 12:55 am

    So many lines, so little time. 😉

    • Frume Sarah permalink*
      Thursday, 6 May 2010 10:48 am

      Yeah…PC said the same thing 🙂

  11. Friday, 7 May 2010 8:17 am

    I had a similar gaf a few years ago. It was an early summer Shabbat and the ac wasn’t working properly. I had also just lost a lot of weight and was feeling pretty good about myself. A father of a Bar Mitzvah student came over to me and said, “Cantor, you look HOT!” I got all flustered and embarrassed. I couldn’t believe he would say something so inappropriate. After a 2 second pause, he got flustered as well and said, “hot, hot like temperature hot!” We both had a good laugh after that one and several years later, he still won’t let me forget it!

  12. Wendy permalink
    Sunday, 16 May 2010 4:50 pm

    That was funny!! The Power of Words — perfect example!

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