Friday, June 30, 2006


Friday means an interesting phenomenon. A group of people, usually the same, line up on the main thoroughfares of cities, asking for money. I was walking down one street with two friends today, when we were approached by one of the regulars, wearing a brand new, bright, white shirt.

"Please, some money for Shabbos. Perhaps you can give me $20."
"$20? No sorry," said my friend
"I have kids, I need the money. Just $20."

I wasn't so astounded that he said he had kids and needed the money. He may well need it, I was surprised by how much he asked for. $20. Usually its "do you have any change?" Maybe I just haven't been out enough lately.