Two unrelated events happened to us today. Did I just say “unrelated”? I’ll let you be the judge.

At 8:00 in the morning we met a young college-age person. In response to our query, he replied that “might be Jewish” and that he was “not entirely sure.” Well, we know that being Jewish is like being alive: either you are or you are not. He explained, “My parents were born to Jewish parents, but I do not do anything Jewish, so I do not really know what that makes me.”

To make a long story short, by the time we parted ways he had marks on his arm from the tefillin straps that he had donned for the first time in his life, and a very clear picture in his mind that he most certainly was Jewish—as Jewish as Moses, King David and the Chief Rabbi of Israel.

It was not too much later that we saw a car with a strange apparatus on top. It was a Google Maps car-based camera taking photographs of the neighborhood to be used for the Street View feature. We smiled and waved.

How do these two events connect?

I’ll let you decide.