By Mendy Mentz, Shliach at Mayanot Men’s Program
Yesterday my son took a flight from New York to Istanbul and wrote the following story.
I’m on the plane from New York to Istanbul and this Muslim guy says “salam aleikem.” He asks me about my Tefillin (I was about to put them on and begin praying with them on the plane). I explained to him what they are.
He then asks me to please pray that his wife should have an easy birth and a healthy daughter. After I agree, he kisses my hand….
A little later, a group of Jews on the flight are making a minyan in the back of the plane. One of the flight attendants asked if the minyan could hurry up.
My Muslim friend saw this and told her that they will only be a few minutes, making sure no one would disturb our prayers.
A few minutes later, he saw I was praying without shoes so he asked the flight attendant for flip flops and bent down on the ground and slipped them on my feet!
After prayers, we were speaking and he mentioned his mother was a Jew!
I explained to him that in Islam the religion goes after the father, but for Jews it’s the mother, so he is a Jew!
At that moment, I asked him if he wants to put on the Tefillin so he can finally pray as a Jew. He agreed.
He gave me his business card and said if I ever need anything in Turkey I shouldn’t hesitate to contact him.