The Other Side of the Story - Shabbos Connection
I have a friend on the Internet who is a recent ba'al teshuva (newly observant of Judaism). I live in Israel and he in the United States. One motzei Shabbat here, I went on-line. To my astonishment, I see my friend also on-line, when in the U.S. it was still Shabbat, and logs off after a moment. (I have him on my buddy list.) Now I said to myself, what zechut (positive judgment) could I give him? Perhaps he was in Europe now? (It happened once before, and I found out afterwards that he had been in France where it wasn't Shabbat anymore.) I didn't think so. Perhaps, he forgot that it was Shabbat now? That didn't seem good either, since I knew him to be a ba'al teshuva for some time now, and that couldn't have happened.
Two days later I see him again on-line, and I ask him, "Were you on-line this past motzei Shabbat by any chance?" He says, "I don't think so." I tell him "I think I saw your screen name signed on when it was still Shabbat by you." So he tells me "Oh, that was a relative. She's not religious and since she doesn't have her own screen name she was using mine."
The Other Side of the Story Archives
Do you have a story to share?
Were you in a situation where there was the potential to misjudge a person, but there really was a valid explanation? Has a friend or a relative ever told you how they were in such a situation?
Share you stories with us for inclusion in future columns of The Other Side of the Story.
To submit your story, send it to [email protected]. (To insure proper handling, put "Other Side" in the subject line of your message).
Subscribe to The Other Side of the Story via PointCast
Copyright © 1999 Ohr Somayach International. Send us feedback.