UM...YOU'RE NOT ORTHODOX, ARE YOU...?
Yeah, that's what I get asked sometimes. It's an awkwardly worded question, awkwardly asked. But I try to make the best of it:
"Actually, yes, I am Orthodox, but I'm the user-friendly kind." I smile.
After that, everything goes swimmingly.
I've said it before & I'll say it again: I love Jews. I have respect for the choices which other Jews make which are different from my own, even when I don't understand how they made those choices. If G@d gave all humans free will, then who am I to hold others in contempt for thinking for themselves & exercising that G@d-given freedom? I may not agree with them, but I respect them nonethless.
Did I mention that my female student is not affiliated Orthodox?
My prayer for the Jewish People, is for us to not hate each other for our differences, for us to not make negative assumptions about each other, for us to not veneer other Jews who have made choices dissimilar to our own with our own prejudices & fears. Ameyn selah.