The Goy

6:15 a.m. I’m studying Torah with the rabbi. There’s a loud knocking at the front door. I get up grumpily and walk to the door and open it.

There’s a goy outside. A female goy. A shiksa. She looks latina or black. I figure she wants money or help or something and I’m irritated.

Then she hands me a bag containing tefillin, tallit, and a siddur. She says she found it on the street. It contained some paper with the name of the shul.

I thank her and take the bag. “The rabbi will know what to do,” I say.

I show the rabbi the bag and tell him the story. He knows the owner.

About Luke Ford

I've written five books (see My work has been noted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, and 60 Minutes. I teach Alexander Technique in Beverly Hills (
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