Tuesday, October 16, 2012

The Most Impressive First Name

Classic Story received from friend of the blog, AS.

 Rabbi Meir Soloveichik opened his Shabbos Shuva drasha as follows:

I flew to Tampa, Florida a few weeks ago for the Republican National Convention. When I arrived, I was escorted into a large room where all the Convention speakers of the day gathered along with Congressman,  Senators, Governors and other politicians.

 A woman approached me, stared at me, and then asked "Who are you??"

 I responded politely, "I am Meir Soloveichik.".

 "Are you from Florida," she asked.

 "No," I said, "I am from NY".

 She looked puzzled and confused, which I found confusing, since I figured most people knew there were a lot of Jews who lived in NY.  Anyway, she smiled and walked away. She then approached me again just  a few moments later with her husband.

 She said to me, "Meir Soloveichik -- I'd like to introduce you to my  husband, Congressman Walker."

The Congressman and I shook hands.

Then the woman asked, "Can you please tell me what city in NY you are  the Mayor (Meir) of??"'

 (After the KJ Congregation roared with laughter, Rabbi Soloveichik continued as follows...)

 'And that, Ladies and Gentleman, was the first time in my life that a  person was more impressed with my first name than my last name!!!'

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Batya said...

We forget how odd our names and "slang" sounds to others.

Baruch Alster said...

When I was a kid, I thought (Ed) Koch's first name was Mayor/Meir.

Laura Ben-David said...

That's such a great story!

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