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  1. Nice story, other than the cruelty of their having fun at the expense of an older person (thinking him to be non-Jewish).

    Aside from this being cruel and immature, there's also a Rambam that they might have forgotten.

    Not only is it forbidden to "goof" on him, but one must be respectful:

    (Mishneh Torah Talmud Torah 5:9):

    (ט) מִי שֶׁהוּא זָקֵן מֻפְלָג בְּזִקְנָה, אַף עַל פִּי שֶׁאֵינוֹ חָכָם - עוֹמְדִין לְפָנָיו. וַאֲפִלּוּ הֶחָכָם שֶׁהוּא יֶלֶד עוֹמֵד בִּפְנֵי הַזָּקֵן הַמֻּפְלָג בְּזִקְנָה; וְאֵינוֹ חַיָּב לַעֲמֹד מְלוֹא קוֹמָתוֹ, אֶלָּא כְּדֵי לְהַדְּרוֹ. וַאֲפִלּוּ זָקֵן גּוֹי - מְהַדְּרִין אוֹתוֹ בִּדְבָרִים, וְנוֹתְנִין לוֹ יָד לְסָמְכוֹ, שֶׁנֶּאֱמַר: ״מִפְּנֵי שֵׂיבָה תָּקוּם״ (שם יט,לב) - כָּל שֵׂיבָה בְּמַשְׁמָע.

  2. Amazing. Gd willing, he'll return.


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