What would you do if a someone called you the day you moved in to the neighborhood, someone called you on the phone to say, "You'll regret moving into this neighborhood, Jew boy?" Like Rabbi Michael Weiser who had just moved to Lawrence, Kansas, you would probably call the police. Upon hearing the likely identity of the caller, would you call the Jewish Defense League? The FBI? Forget the whole thing?
What Rabbi Weiser reported in a recent episode of the NPR radio show, "Snap Judgment," is that he decided to try to make contact with the caller, a man named Larry Trap. The rabbi got into the habit of calling every Thursday--just before his first bar mitzvah lesson--and leave a message on Larry's machine. One day Larry picked up the phone and asked why the Rabbi was calling. The Rabbi replied, "I heard you were disabled. I thought you might need a ride to the grocery."
Silence followed. Larry said, "Don't call again."