Sighting: The Black Jew

black jewishWalking down the street in Los Angeles, a little blond seven-year-old Jewish girl sees a black Orthodox Jewish man in a black suit, black hat, white shirt and tzitzit flying in the wind.

“Wow, that’s weird,” she says to her mother.

Her white Jewish mother holds her breath waiting for the next statement.

“Did you see that, Mom?” she says tugging on her mother’s sleeve. “That rabbi’s wearing an IPOD!”

Aliza Hausman is a Dominican-American Latina and Orthodox Jewish convert (Jewminicana for short!), freelance writer, blogger (at “Memoirs of a Jewminicana”) and speaker.