Added: Saturday, July 18th 2015 at 11:54am by meditationbyeric
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A young Korean male, I meet at Starbucks of Dugloston, who I shall call pastor “Kim”who I meet approximately 4 years ago, was curious as a cat’s tail end to find out, why us “white” Jewish folk are so curious about Asian culture. I said to pastor” Kim”that I can not speak for my Anasazi or Sephardi Jewish brothers. However, I can speak for my self…

I explained to him that my grand father used to sit my brother and I to simmer down by the TV. Yep, every Saturday. My brother and I were brain washed with kung fu flicks every Saturday morning. I remember horsing…

Around with my brother making kung ku sounds and pretending we were kung fu fighters. Our WWII grand father who saved a whole platoon, awarded the Purple Heart and, the bronze star, as a medic, allowed us to watch his prayer time, and physical work out time. At 80 he, still doing pull ups!!! This causal energy as I explained to the young Korean pastor was enough to wash us with Asian glee. Also the staple of Asian food keep my unkosher Jewish family hooked. Look at that Chinese pork. Today I am trying to be a vegetarian by choice. I came to that mode with careful aim. I went could turkey and that’s an oxymoron. I am calling my self an oxymoron. No, I am an oxymoron why because I’m going cold turkey, yet I’m finding vegetarianism. Asian food is vegetarian friendly, like Indian food, Chinese food, Japaneses food, and yes Italian food like pasta. I blame Marco polo for the pasta thing.

. The Korean pastor seemed to get it. He wanted to take me out for Korean food. I decided we had a good enough relationship. I trusted the man.This was the first time I ate Korean food, and had Korean hospitality. I grew up with many Japanese, Chinese kids, and Indian children. As children we did not see race we saw each other as unknowing humans in the beginners mind’s eye. As an adult in a Korean restaurant I felt like an outsider though yet still welcome with hospitality.

The food looked a bit weird and I had no clue what the dishes were called. All the food was great. Today, I love kimchi, that it’s kind a like a spicy cabbage yet stll an exotic spicy food. The star bucks pastor( He worked and studied here) continued his inquiry. I explained to him: As a child I took Tai Kown Do, and as I grew into adult hood yoga, Tai Chi, and Aikdo saved my. I explained to the Korean pasture”Kim” that theses arts brought me closer to my Jewish ancestral roots. The pastor was impressed. I returned the hospitality by taking him out to a kosher Deli in Long Island, NY. I found out Jesus saved his life. He was suicidal at a point in his time line. He loves that life so. Today he is married and lives away from NY, and is a youth leader. In conclusion, east meets west west, meets east, and here we are melting in the pot of NY Queens. I’m still there and enjoying the culture and food NY has to offer. If I had one meal request it would be for a GRYO OR PASTRAME ON RYE HOLD THE PICKELS. I miss dem Kosher deli days.

Published by Meditation By Eric

Certified Meditation Teacher, Associate Tai Chi Teacher

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