The ultimate guide to saying “Good Shabbos”

Everyone has a different way of saying or not saying good shabbos.

The mumbling men:
I think the most common type of good shabbos is the mumble, this is when the person passing you feels obligated to say good shabbos but doesn’t actually want to say it, he waits till the last possible second and then as your eyes lock although you were both looking down, one of you mumbles a shabbos without the word good. Barely audible and barely understandable you hear some sort of noise come out of their mouth as they quicken their pace to mask their awkward forced good shabbos.

The doublers:
Good shabbos should only be said once, but for some reason the extroverted usually black hat type of guy without a beard feels the need to say good shabbos two maybe three times. This happens no matter how many people you are with, sometimes it is mumbled of course- as shabbos-shabbos, but most of the time it is a loud hearty- lumberjack style good shabbos bellowed from the depths of this persons heart. These folks may also throw in a “good morning, how are you” which is quite rare within the Jewish communities around New York.

The Nod:
The nod is extremely popular in Manhattan amongst the folks who attended a black hat yeshiva at some point. For some reason modern orthodox people never seem to bust out the nod, they usually bust out the stare and the ignore, but the nod it seems works best with a hat which actually exaggerates The Nod giving it more leverage and visibility from farther distances. Of course the nod crowd also seems to know everyone, the nod is the safe way of gaging whether you actually know the person and they are worthy of a break in the fast pace on the way to and from shull.

Nod/Mumble/say it twice:

The hurried mumbler crowd can also be combined with the nodders and the doublers. This is the most common situation in very hurried cities and tends to be most common amongst the working yeshiva crowd. It never seems to amaze me that these folks tend to be the black hat type that wears ties and holds a full time job in finance, nursing home administration or mortgage sales- they also tend to be over 40.

The Eye Locker:
You are screwed, you just want to walk to shull quickly without disturbing your thoughts about the disturbing Dr. Yael article you read in the Jewish Press the night before and you look up for a moment while lost in thought and bam its smack down time. As you look up to see what street your on- you notice dead ahead someone walking towards you with a slight knowing smirk on their face as if they were playing chicken to see who is going to cave first. Who will wimp out and say good shabbos first, you cant take those piercing eyes and you cave- this is “the eye locker.”

The Invincible Wall:
Sometimes someone won’t budge, no matter what you do- how heart felt your good shabbos is- you won’t elicit a response. It just doesn’t matter how many times you bust out your nod and doubler, or how piercing your eyes are- some people are just cold hearted sons of bitches when it comes to being friendly- kind of like the Grinch Who Stole Good Shabbos.

The Switcharoo:(racial profiling)

I know someone who has different styles of saying good shabbos depending on what type of back round the person comes from. Kind of like switching up their benching style they say Shabbat shalom to the modern looking people and good shabbos to the frummer looking people. For the ultra frum they may bow their head diagonally throw some hand gesture they picked up in daf yomi and say gut shabbos in a dragged on ultra thick accented tone.

Carlebachian:
Holy brother, holy sister with arms raised up to the sky going in for a hug or kiss and then possibly dancing in a circle on the sidewalk the true carlebachian knows how to make someone feel loved. Usually the good shabbos is drawn out like “goooooooooooood shabbbbbbbbbbboooooooos” and it is screamed in a loving way.

Belated:
Some people like myself are spaced out when walking to shull and we tend to notice a bit too late that someone had even greeted us. We yell are belated good shabbos in a way that tries to ask forgiveness for appearing to be one of those cold as ice MF gtuys who wont say it no matter what. Sometimes the belated crowd will go back to the person who passed us and shake their hand with a hearty and warm good shabbos.

The Quickie Hand Shake Combo:
Your walking down the street and suddenly your old buddy says “look who we have here”, he shakes your hand says good shabbos and is out of the scene within 5 seconds leaving you standing there wondering where he was off too and if you will ever see him again.

The Extended Hand Shake:
This is when your walking toward someone you know and he has his hand already extended- kind of like old folks that put their blinkers on about 4 blocks before their turn- although you are 30 feet away from him, a big smile is plastered on his face and the people he is walking with are already telling him that he is late. “What are you doing here?” His hand holds on to your hand for a few minutes sometimes both hands are wrapped around yours.

This is usually the opening line right after the good shabbos, then Kiddush or Uf Ruf geography might ensue while your friend tries to figure out who he knows that is attending the chasunah. These little meetings happen all over the place and are always interesting to watch how the friends of both parties shift awkwardly on their feet and wonder what to say to the other folks who are waiting for their friend. Maybe some awkward Jewish Geography about the neighborhood and then everyone gathers their nerves to ask their respective persons to continue on to shull.

Sexual Harassment:

Think about all those kids who are too shy or not allowed to talk to girls ever. When it comes to harassing girls using the simple utterance of “good shabbos” in a sensual or mocking tone as they pass a group of young ladies they seem to have problem locking eyes and doing their worse. These provocative good shabbos greetings happen all the time. In fact I have one friend who back in the day when he was in Israel would say “Shabutt Shalom” with motion toward the girls butt every time he passed some hotties on the streets of Jerusalem. In fact someone made a comment about this a while back and that’s what spawned the idea for this post.

I need an excuse to talk to you:
Similar in a way to the “sexual harassment good shabbos.” The excuse to talk to you- is really a great hit on chick’s line in the frum community. Personally has never worked for me- just because I cannot just hit on girls. But I have witnessed many a time when guys have merely said good shabbos and something corny like “where ya from?” and Boom they are in. This is always followed by the awkward “so…. You guys/gals wanna go hang out somewhere?”

Axe Murderer:
Ever get that feeling that if you don’t say good shabbos back you are likely to end up dead in back of a shull somewhere? Ever get that feeling of cold eyes piercing through you as you pass by trying to avoid eye contact as the person says the “if you don’t respond I am going to kill you- good shabbos.” I have had a few of these in my day, sometimes good shabbos pleasantries can get downright violent.

Riot Starter:
Try saying good shabbos to women or girls in some communities and it seems like they quicken their pace as if someone was out to rape them or something. Then next thing you know, men all around you are giving you dirty looks as if to say, “didn’t you realize that those women switched sides of the street when they saw you, still you tried to initiate contact.” The person who usually committed this fatal flaw of Charediedom by attempting to say anything to a women other then, fax this, cook this or get off this side of the sidewalk is deeply frowned upon in many communities, these people who commit this crime usually do so without even realizing what grave danger they out themselves in- Riot Starters are ignorant folks who don’t know the rules of Charedi communities.

Instead of Excuse Me:

You hear footsteps in back of you as you and your friend walk down a narrow sidewalk. Suddenly, 3 people brush by you on both sides choosing to say a forced- and nasty good shabbos instead of a nice excuse me. You can feel the wind of their jackets as they pass by you in a hurry. They probably wouldnt say good shabbos, but these rusher types always feel the need to look back and see if they know the people they nearly ran over. Of course their eyes lock on and they are forced to bust out a quick “shabbos-shabbos” and be on their way.

Blank Stare:
Out of towners, Baal Teshuvas, different races and other outcasts within the frum tend to not know the extent of the hurriedness and unfriendliness of big city Jews. They are used to cities like Denver or St Louis where everyone says good shabbos and stops to talk for a bit in the street. These folks end up saying good shabbos and not receiving it in return- only to stand dumbfounded fists clenched at sides looking at the people who just passed them and wondering why they did not respond.

Gigglers:
A good shabbos that is accompanied by giggles usually because the group of young girls wants to talk to some young looking guys but have no idea how. They say good shabbos in unison and then giggle as they run clumsily down the block and peer back at the guys who they hope are walking their way.

Do I know you?
Head is tilted in a half nod, half recognition gaze with a sort of frown on their face. Good shabbos is uttered in question form and both parties momentarily stop stare and the move on as if nothing happened. Both parties then discuss what just happened among their fellow walkers and decide if they indeed did know each other and from where.

If recognition actually does occur, there is a momentarily lapse of reason (great album by the way) And then a full onslaught of quickie Jewish geography will ensue, this always starts with “I know you” in a thick New York accent followed “oh yeh from Moshe Baruchs chasunah- I sat at your table.”

Women:
Women of course have their own way of doing things and since the last time I checked I was close but not quite yet a women I cannot bring you the scoop. However, it does seem as if women are either really cold or really warm to each other. My only chance to say good shabbos to solo women is during the walk of shame period of the time when its considered late for a man to be coming to shull and early for a women- nothing like getting disapproving looks from every women you pass eh?

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  • <![CDATA[jennthejewess]]>

    Hesh u out did urself…this is mad funny because it is sooo true!! When my boss is not here is will go into more detail of ur brilliance

  • <![CDATA[MW]]>

    This is an awesome post!! How long did it take you to write this?? LOL! Since I am a girl and have a lot of experience with this lovely topic cuz I live in a place that invented stereotypes, I might write my own version of the womans “good shabbos” greeting.

    Great post, which one are you?? LOL!!

  • <![CDATA[flatbush gal]]>

    i didnt realize how different it is for men, i don’t think girls have quite that many categories, but there is definately the “stares at your outfit for ten minutes, then says good shabbos disgustedly or nicely depending on approval”

  • http://sarahsimages.blogspot.com/ <![CDATA[~ Sarah ~]]>

    that is very thorough!

  • <![CDATA[flatbush gal]]>

    btw your obsessed with mentioning JG!! i dunno why youre always finding yourself surrounded by it! i dont think i get it as often as you do….hm

  • http://frumsatire.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[Frum Hiker]]>

    MW:
    As with all my category posts which tend to be the best. This one took a very short amount of time. The better the post- the shorter it takes to write. I know that sounds kind of weird but I write by stream of consciousness and if I have a good idea my thoughts just flow into the post.

    Flatbush Gal:
    I am definitely obsessed with Jewish Geography- it is all around me constantly. I may have a keener sense then you do- since I tend to visit larger Jewish areas rather then live in them. When you live there you do not notice these things as much as the outsider.

    It is much different for men- due mostly to the fact that we have to be in shull- while women just go to shull at a leisurely pace.

  • <![CDATA[rebelwithacause]]>

    If I say Good Shabbos and someone stares back like a baboon without saying anything, I ignore them. G-d gave us a mouth, a tongue and a brain to act like a human being. If they are not acting like a human being, and showing Derech Eretz, then I can’t communicate with them.

  • http://frumsatire.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[Frum Hiker]]>

    You could run after them with your stroller or pound them with your talis bag and maybe force feed them candy if your the shull candy man.

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  • <![CDATA[c'etlavie]]>

    This post is hilarious! I really like the way you voice some of those thoughts that i might have yet you put them in a humorous and clear way in written words! like the one about the ppl who don’t say gs back, or the mumbling, i always had some feeling bout those “cases”… keep it up and .. early shabat shalom as we say in italia, regardless to whom.

  • <![CDATA[MW]]>

    Ha ha, I asked you cuz you said you would right a post on this topic a couple of weeks ago and never did, so just wondered what happend. I am the same way btw, my best stuff come to me at the least expected times and are finished in the shortest amount of time. I usualy think of good material at the wierdest times such as b4 I go to bed or on shabbos (bummer) ect. I dont have any of my stuff online (except for one) but I have TONS of good writings in safe keeping.

  • http://esseragaroth.blogspot.com <![CDATA[Ben-Yehudah]]>

    B”H Dude! You forgot the WORST kind! Or maybe, B”H, you just don’t encounter them:

    The “I want to hug you, even though your a total stranger” type.

    Look, my friends and I hug, but a total stranger?

  • http://frumsatire.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[Frum Hiker]]>

    Never hugged a total stranger. Yes there have been times when I wanted to hug them- but I am sure the girl would have screamed or called the cops. They are mad enough about me having the gall to say good shabbos to them and cause them to talk to boys- so I am sure the hug would not be a wise idea.

    If were doing hugs- how about those times you say good shabbos and just want to start getting it on with that person- heheh.

  • <![CDATA[Mayer]]>

    Here in Lawrence there is an unofficial dress code for shabbos/shabbat. The west side of Rockaway Tpke is for the most part suits, hats, wigs & hose. The East side is shorts, sandles, tennis shoes,baseball hats, T-shirts for men & women. It’s a little taken back when approaching a human who does not look like they are MOT and THEY SAY good shabbos/shabbat shlalom .

  • http://jacobdajew.blogspot.com <![CDATA[jacob]]>

    MW, whats your blog URL?

  • http://anonym00kie.blogspot.com/ <![CDATA[anonym00kie]]>

    where i live the whole issue is the sfardi/ashki switcharoo. our shuls are right next to eachother so its always confusing when you bump into one of the “others” to know if you should say it your way or their way. a real tribal pride vs derech eretz conundrum :)

  • <![CDATA[tzivo nishta]]>

    what to do when your good shabbos next gets ignored- turn around and say to the rude individual “oh sorry, I thought you were jewish!”
    Great post heshy so true and so funny.

  • http://www.dreamsofwho.blogspot.com <![CDATA[come running]]>

    I can always count on you for a laugh.

    Since Kansas is starting to experience an influx of you people from Oz I now have some understanding of “A Gutten Shabbos”

  • http://abitoflight.blogspot.com <![CDATA[Lvnsm27]]>

    hilarious

  • <![CDATA[hypocrite]]>

    LOL. i once did an “experiment” here in brooklyn. i said good shobbos to everyone i passed. i got very similar responses liek the ones here in the article. most women were shocked and gave me a belated mumbles good shobbos. some women just continued staring blankly ahead. another women actually stopped me and had a conversation with me asking me where i was from….she is a woman i see often here in my community… the married men all nodded in response and the single men of course didnt hesitate to whisper and wink in response the best however was a group of girls who as soon as they thought i was out of earshot started wondering…”who is she??” youve got the whole labeling thing down pat. good job!

  • <![CDATA[MW]]>

    NYJAPsThoughts.blogspot.com-its new so doesnt have much on it. Please comment. Thanks.

  • <![CDATA[Yochanan]]>

    At an Aish Shabbaton in Passaic, I got into a “Shabbat Shalom” saying frenzy and ended up saying it to a Hispanic couple.

  • <![CDATA[Yochanan]]>

    To clarify, I was saying Shabbat Shalom while walking down the street.

  • http://www.xanga.com/mazeartist <![CDATA[mazeartist]]>

    If you want to receive a Shabbat Shalom with a hug, go to Riverdale. Act now, because Rav Avi Weiss will soon be making aliyah.

  • <![CDATA[Guy]]>

    Does that mean that YCT is disbanding?

  • <![CDATA[FRANK]]>

    Ironically in Jerusalem nobody acknowledged a shabbat shalom

  • http://anonym00kie.blogspot.com/ <![CDATA[anonym00kie]]>

    ok now im going to play devil’s advocate.. sort of..
    isnt it kind of weird to walk around and wish random strangers a good shabbos? i mean, we dont walk around saying good morning to every person we come across on a regular morning. if someone says it then its polite to answer, but how many of you walk around wishing eachother a good day? :)

    • Anonymous

      Actually out of town it is the norm to greet a total stranger with a “good morning ” etc,more so among goyim and even more so among blacks!

  • http://frumsatire.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[Frum Hiker]]>

    Mookie its because we are Jews and I guess that is our version of good morning. In places outside of large metro areas people tend to say good morning quite often actually. Try walking down the street in far off places and not acknowledging a good morning spoken to you- its tough because people are so friendly in the rural areas of America.

    On another note- why the heck do we say God Bless You to people we dont know who just sneezed? I think this is more absurd then good shabbos dont you think.

  • <![CDATA[AnonGuy]]>

    Mookie: Sounds exactly like my town, with the next-door sefardi/ashkenaz dynamic. Heck, for all I know it IS the same town and we know each other. The anonymous blogging world meets JG is so much fun like that…there’s no escaping it anymore…

  • http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=JimmyJustice4753 <![CDATA[JIMMYJUSTICE4753]]>

    Dude that was thorough and hillarious! I just want to add that some people go into a frenzy when shabbos falls out on a yomtov.How is a person supposed to know whether you say good shabbos/good yomtov or good yomtov/good shabbos….. greeting in the improper order can get you some wicked stares on the wrong side of the tracks in Boro Park.

  • http://frumsatire.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[Frum Hiker]]>

    Oh yeh the mistakes that occur are endless. Then of course you have to judge whether to bust out the chag someach or gut yuntif or good yom tov. So many choices eh. I would do a post but I think its too similar to this one.

  • http://frumsatire.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[Frum Hiker]]>

    Anon Guy: It is widely known that the Mook resides in the country that Borat made famous. If you did happen to know her I would be amazed and shocked indeed

  • <![CDATA[anonym00kie]]>

    exactlyyyyy.. why do strangers wish eachother meaningless greetings?
    ok.. im not playing devil’s advocate anymore, i am honestly and shamelessly admitting that i do not wish strangers a bless you or a good shabbos (unless they do it first) :)

  • http://frumsatire.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[Frum Hiker]]>

    Introvert eh…

    Now Mookie if I took your theory and transfered it to my theories of not paying for shidduch dates- that would be great. Now you know why I hate buying someone I dont know some fancy dinner.

  • http://gethelp!.com <![CDATA[ROCHESTER GUY]]>

    you rock it again my man.

    I remeber that in Rochester, even if you where walking to shul in your siut and hat, you better say good morning to the sweaty jogger ’cause you know he is going to say it to you.

    After moving back to NY, I reflxivly said good morning to ppl and they looked at me like I was nuts.

    Lets not mention all the jews that i said it to……and the looks i got as well

  • <![CDATA[moshe]]>

    i find it funny and kind of touching that even when i walk outside on shabbos in jeans an a t shirt with no kippa people say good shabbos regardless now that is true achdus

  • http://frumsatire.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[Frum Hiker]]>

    Moshe I do the same thing. When its hot in the summer I wear shorts and a shirt on shabbos afternoon and always say good shabbos to people. Either they re shocked and say it back or give me dirty looks. I remember when I came to your house it was more dirty looks.

  • http://chayaleder.blogspot.com/ <![CDATA[duddes02]]>

    Excellent catogories.

    I used to be a brooklyn snob, so I belonged to the group the “staring at your shoes, while saying good shabbas”

    what a fabulous group!

  • http://rebelwithacause.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[rebelwithacause]]>

    anonym00kie // Jul 5th 2007 at 9:20 p07
    ok now im going to play devil’s advocate.. sort of..isnt it kind of weird to walk around and wish random strangers a good shabbos? i mean, we dont walk around saying good morning to every person we come across on a regular morning. if someone says it then its polite to answer, but how many of you walk around wishing eachother a good day?

    Anonymookie, greeting someone is having good manners and being civilized , if you never heard of it. Sounds like you haven’t.
    I greet a lot of people both on Shabbos and on weekdays. I used to be annoyed people who do not have manners, but what can they do? Their parents had no class and manners so how could they teach their children?

    anonym00kie // Jul 5th 2007 at 9:20 p07
    shamelessly admitting that i do not wish strangers a bless you or a good shabbos (unless they do it first)

    People who have inferiority complex turn the whole greeting thing into a freaking psycho game. It’s a freaking simple greeting not a freaking power game. Sheesh.

  • <![CDATA[eccentricbrooklyndude]]>

    Speaking of the ashkenazi sefardic thinger, my sfardic naeighbor told my father that when we jews(ashkenazim) say shabat shalom they find our attempt insulting as if they dont know what good shabbos means lol.

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    Pure Gold, guy. Write a book!!!!

  • http://frumsatire.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[Frum Hiker]]>

    That right Rebel, in order to greet someone, one need not to be a social or extroverted type of person. It is a manner of civility which so many people do not have- this problem leads into other lack of greetings- like the grunt given to a waiter or waitress before ordering your food, or to the guy at the ticket counter of some theater. Your service people are people too after all.

  • http://torahtopics.blogspot.com <![CDATA[Aliza]]>

    lol, I think it is different for girls.

    Most walk by me without saying a word, but any adult, male or female, I see always either nods or says Good Shabbos quietly. I’ll say it back, of course, but I’ll never say it first.

    I personally don’t say it to just anyone, only because I don’t believe in wishing some stranger a Good Shabbos or Shabbat Shalom. If I know the person, sure, I’ll be more than happy to do it. But strangers? They’re strangers!

    So, I just walk by and stare straight ahead, pretending to not be paying attention to anyone or anything. Better they think I don’t see them or that I’m some spazz or something.
    Most people know of me, though, even if I don’t know who the heck they are. It’s so strange…

  • http://agmk.blogspot.com <![CDATA[ari kinsberg]]>

    in brooklyn guys and girls look down as they pass one another on the street so they don’t have to look each other in the eyes as they don’t greet one another good shabbos.

    you left out the aspect of the specific nature of the salutation itself. by nature i say shabbat shalom, but after all these years i’ve finally learned to say good shabbos on the street. shabbat shalom just throws people off and sometimes its funny watching them because they are not sure how to respond.

  • <![CDATA[Yossi Mills]]>

    I just think it’s most important to smile, whatever else you say. In fact, sometimes a smile is enough. Kind of like when some random Pakistani greets you with “Shalom”, or the Chinese shirt-selling guy in Bondi Junction Mall would say, “Sha-lom, Mah-Shom-HA!”.

  • http://frumsatire.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[Frum Hiker]]>

    I love the black guys who say shalom they are my fave

  • <![CDATA[jana]]>

    in england, you dont greet anyone… of course i then make it a point to greet everyone i meet and tell them to have a nice day wen we’re done. the shock and (almost) outrage is hilarious.
    also where i come from, if you used to b a by gal and then *gasp* went to a non by sem, you dont deserve to get a good shabbos even if you say it first… and the same goes for shabat shalom, no answer… unless the person u said it too is sefardi/mizrachi… its a bit sad actually

  • http://frumstershoppers.blogspot.com <![CDATA[Nice Jewish Guy]]>

    I knew a guy who would greet people in Brooklyn on Shabbos by saying “pajamas, pajamas” instead of, “Good Shabbos, Good Shabbos”… most of them were clueless.

    I think that’s funny; sometimes I do it now myself…

  • http://frumsatire.wordpress.com/ <![CDATA[Frum Hiker]]>

    That is funny- but I bet you people are so spaced out and want to move on with their silent march to shull that they would not realize what the person said. Thats kind of like saying “rubber tires never break” at benching.

  • Anonymous

    Hey, first of all very true, and i am from St. Louis, and thats not a bad thing. It’s being friendly. i know some “big city” folk dont know what that means, but its rude to ignore ppl. Ill even take a mumble, anything, just some recognitions of the existence of the Shabbos. :)

  • http://www.frumsatire.net heshman

    St Louis ranks second behind Minneapolis as the friendliest community I have ever stayed in that was relatively large.

    So your a mumbler huh?

  • pzy

    yea this all applies in London too….

  • pzy

    yea this all applies in London too….
    and when its shabbos going into or on yom tov, you need some kind of ‘shabbosyomtov joined up greeting.

    ‘shabbos

  • http://www.frumsatire.net heshman

    Ah the conjunction greeting, or when its yom tov and everyone still thinks its shabbos.

  • Anonymous

    Hilarious post….But I’ve always wondered, is it “gut shabbos” (i guess from yiddish) or “good shabbos”? Not that it makes much difference anyway.

  • http://www.frumsatire.net heshman

    Ah well that depends on who says it too you!

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  • chevramaidel

    You forgot to mention that after getting the full “Holy Brother! Holy Sister! GOOD SHABBOS!!!” treatment from the Carlebachian, you’ll be standing there stunned for a good five minutes, because the last time you checked- it was Tuesday.

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  • Avigayil

    This is HILARIOUS! It is sooooooooo true. The real fun starts when you are (like me) a combination of the Blank Starer/The Switcheroo/Riot Starter/Woman saying Shabbat Shalom to people in say Crown Heights, Mea Shearim or Manhattan, usually to men or yeshivish girls who don’t understand why this brown skinned girl is speaking to them, let alone saying something Jewish.

    I once got a rude comment in passing in Crown Heights from a girl who indignantly says, “I hate it when you say Good Shabbos to people and they say Shabbat Shalom back to you!”

    Another time, I was crossing Lexington Avenue on the UES, and I said Shabbt Shalom to an older man, and he looked right at me and said, “Are you a convert?” Never mind Good Shabbos, Gut Shabbes, Shabbat Shalom, Huh? or anything like that. Just, “Are you a convert?” Unbeblievable!

  • http://www.frumsatire.net Frum Satire

    Welcome to the rudeness of frummies, tact is not really part of their repertoire. Thanks for the comment it is much appreciated and I’m sorry you have to deal with different shabbat shalom types.

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  • Dovid

    At one shul I went to an older Yechi lady would look at me as if I said something vulgar if I said A gutten shabbos instead of Shabbat Shalom. It is highly unlikely that her grandparents would have said Shabbat Shalom.

  • Geyores with a sense of humor

    Thanks so much for mentioning the “SWITCHEROO” (racial profiling good shabbos). I mentioned this happening to me to some of my black and brown Jewish friends and they said it has happened to them. Now, you have confirmed it on a blog for all to read. And, I see that many of your comments agree.
    Thanks. Informative and a fun read.

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  • Double M

    Forgot the shabbasssss with the stupid grin

    Appropriate responses:
    1) One moment while I check my time peace … yes it is indeed the Sabbath (old English pronunciation)
    2) And a glories Sabbath to you too (again old English)
    3) Stare at them like they have had too much to drink
    4) If this is received as a response to a Shabbat Shalom or Good Shabbas start by saying…. I give you a bracha and all I get is this? And start shouting thief you stole my bracha!

    I am preferable to number 3

  • Advah

    I’m a pretty straightforward Good Shabbos-er, but for me it’s more like Hey, I’m Jewish, I swear! since I’m not totally frum.

    At home we say Good Shabbos, but w/ the less observant family we simply say Shabbat Shalom.

  • http://NA E

    Try this, just say pajamas. I guarantee no one will notice you’re not actually saying good shabbos.

  • http://michaelmakovi.blogspot.com Michael Makovi

    “Gigglers: …because the group of young girls wants to talk to some young looking guys but have no idea how … at the guys who they hope are walking their way.”

    Are you kidding me??!! Are you telling me that as much as I want a pretext to talk to those girls, they want to talk to me??!! Damnit, I wish there were some magic way to know what the girl I’m eyeing is thinking…

  • steve

    Missing a local variant which is a mash up of Gut Shabbes and Shabbat Shalom…”Shababbus” Try it, it’s fun, even after Purim. It actually happened to me when I got distracted, mid-greeting and actually said it. It’s kind of stuck here in the Bay Area. ????