Even though saying the word gym
still seems foreign to me I dislike gyms
all those people who look like hamsters
back and forth and back and forth gym outfits
in particular the whole idea of fitness and wellness even though
gym is not for me I belong to the JCC. Why is another
subject. One reason is it’s around the corner
just two blocks from Fairway. On my tour when
they opened years ago several of the other tourees asked
about the library (would there be one? yes was the answer)
and I thought that if I had to go to a gym this was the one for me.
Mostly I take yoga classes. Sometimes meditation.
For a while I had a trainer.
(a different poem.)
Because JCC stands for Jewish Community Center
and they are an odd kind of congregation this week
they called all their members to ask How
We’re All Doing.
Haim a rabbinical student called me.
He asked how he could help me out and I told him
to tell me a story. It didn’t have to be Talmudic.
OK he said
I was born in a small town in North Carolina. A very
small town. I was home schooled and went to UNC
and then Jerusalem. Back and forth. Jerusalem. North
Carolina. Jerusalem. North Carolina. And now I’m here
at the Jewish Theological Seminary. I’ll be a rabbi soon.
I liked Haim. Did he know my friend named Jacob
when he was at UNC.? Jacob was home schooled too.
We were friends Haim said. Not good friends but friends.
Later that day I talked to Jacob. Do you remember Haim
I asked. Jacob is just 30. He remembers everything. Haim
he said. Tell me more. Home schooled. Jerusalem. Becoming
a rabbi now. Yes said Jacob. I knew him when he was Colin.
That was before he converted. But I did hear he’s Haim now.