“But,” I said, backing up, “I’m not Jewish.” “It’s okay!
” he said, before tying the string around my wrist, where it would stay for almost a year afterward.
The real-estate agent, after all, did not ask anything of the woman. (Presumably she had no interest in holding his hand.) At most, he engaged in a form of symbolic speech, the message of which both the letter writer and Ethicist misunderstood.Her otherwise "courteous and competent real-estate agent" refused to shake her hand after signing a brokerage contract, explaining that as an Orthodox Jew he does not touch women.The woman described herself as both "shocked and offended." But since she was a good liberal who, in addition to opposing "sex discrimination of all sorts," also "supports freedom of religious expression," she was in a quandary.Fifty men of the company of the prophets went and stood at a distance, facing the place where Elijah and Elisha had stopped at the Jordan. " "I baptize with water," John replied, "but among you stands one you do not know.Elijah took his cloak, rolled it up and struck the water with it. He is the one who comes after me, the thongs of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie." This all happened at Bethany on the other side of the Jordan, where John was baptizing.