Sarah Tuttle-Singer
A Mermaid in Jerusalem

The deal the taxi driver in Jerusalem and I made before the Sabbath

‎I got in the taxi  in Jerusalem last Thursday and the driver didn’t have a mask.

With COVID-19 cases skyrocketing in Israel, masks are important to help stop the spread of the virus, and in fact, there are now laws around wearing one in public.

“Hi, could you put on a mask please?” I asked the driver, while making sure my mask fit snugly over my nose and mouth.

“God is with me and I’m not afraid,” he said, touching the decal or the Rebbe on his dashboard.

“Yeah well “Kol Yisrael arevim ze le ze — all of Israel is responsible for one another,” I said “and I’M afraid.”

“Ok, Kapara,” he said as he reached into his glove box and pulled out a mask, put it on his face – correctly, over the nose and mouth – and then handed me a small plastic bag with two votive candles and the blessings for lighting the Sabbath candles.

“I’ll wear this mask. You take these candles and light them before sundown Friday night. And together we will bring Moshiach soon in our days.”

Sounds like a good deal to me.

Shabbat Shalom – let’s look out for one other.



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About the Author
Sarah Tuttle-Singer is the author of Jerusalem Drawn and Quartered and the New Media Editor at Times of Israel. She was raised in Venice Beach, California on Yiddish lullabies and Civil Rights anthems, and she now lives in Jerusalem with her 3 kids where she climbs roofs, explores cisterns, opens secret doors, talks to strangers, and writes stories about people — especially taxi drivers. Sarah also speaks before audiences left, right, and center through the Jewish Speakers Bureau, asking them to wrestle with important questions while celebrating their willingness to do so. She loves whisky and tacos and chocolate chip cookies and old maps and foreign coins and discovering new ideas from different perspectives. Sarah is a work in progress.
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