As if this story isn’t far-fetched enough. I first read this paragraph in a NY Times profile of Pawel, a former Polish skinhead turned Orthodox Jew:
Pawel’s metamorphosis from baptized Catholic skinhead to Jew began in a bleak neighborhood of concrete tower blocks in Warsaw in the 1980s, where Pawel said he and his friends reacted to the gnawing uniformity of socialism by embracing anti-Semitism. They shaved their heads, carried knives and greeted one another with the raised right arm gesture of the Nazi salute.
And then the closing paragraph of the story, which indicates that the reporter and perhaps Pawel himself, have a sense of humor–dark, perhaps, and definitely Jewish, but a sense of humor nevertheless:
…Now he is studying to become a shochet, a person charged with killing animals according to Jewish dietary laws. “I am good with knives,” he explained.
Let it not be said that the Times doesn’t have a sense of humor.
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