I can’t make this up…. I return from a breakfast with my friend, Leah Stern.
I grab a taxi and head to the central bus station in Jerusalem and my Arab taxi driver who brought me wishes me a ‘Shabbat Shalom,” ( Good Sabbath in Hebrew).
As I board the bus to Tel Aviv, there’s a young woman with her baby and her car seat.
I ask her her if she needs help.
Not saying a word, she hands me the baby. Not a word. She just hands the baby over.
As if we were family.
She takes the car seat and puts it in the cargo bay on the side of the bus.
I’m holding this baby, thinking back on holding my own (now 29 and 24).
She returns, she thanks me and I give her back the baby.
We get on the bus.
Soldiers with their machine guns.
Religious and non-religious on the bus. Ethiopians and Sudanese.
Jews, Christians and Muslims.
And me — from San Antonio….not trying to overthink this and just living the moment.
These slices of humanity and kindness and random events in life make me stop and remember that 99.99% of the world’s inhabitants are genuinely good and loving people.
Remember, this lady never said a word to me.
As if we were family…. we probably are, so why stand on ceremony.
“Here, take your niece, from Uncle Shlomo’s side of the family… and if she poops on you, consider it a compliment that she feels comfortable with you…”
Reporting the on the stuff from Israel that mainstream media does not cover, this is Alan Weinkrantz reporting from an Egged bus en route to Tel Aviv….
Wishing all of you peace and love from this here neck of woods, Israel.