Thursday, July 10, 2008
[Hassidic Jewish man]
I happen to be a bit of a health and fitness nut. I spend about an hour each day working out a gym in Manhattan. All types of people go there, all ages, shapes, sizes, etc. Recently I noticed something a little unusual – a couple of men with turbans and beards. I did a little research, and realized that they are Sikhs. Uncut hair is one of the basic symbols of Sikhism.
It then dawned on me that just as these Sikhs look a little weird to me that must be exactly how I look to other average secular Americans.
I wear a yarmulke, beard and tzitzis. I keep kosher and Shabbos and I don’t shake hands with women.
It’s easy to feel self-conscious about all this, however on the other hand, look at secular society today. Is it something I want to identify with? Or should I be proud to be different?
Posted by jewish philosopher at 9:48 AM