I go to a Sephardic synagogue and they have a custom of not just shaking hands, but kissing (not really) each other by sort of tapping each other first one cheek to cheek and then the other side.
So this lady friend comes into shule (with her fiancee who walks away for a moment) while the dancing is going on with the Torah for the holiday, and she makes the signal moves for the cheek to cheek greeting to me.
But this whole custom is still being sort of unfamiliar to me, and I mess it up big time!
I must’ve turned my head to the left when I should’ve turned right or something, and rather than end up cheek to cheek, I end up in this very awkward lip on lip kiss with her.
(Oh shit, that didn’t just happen, did it?)
We both sort of jump backwards, and my wife is standing there in disbelief cracking up at the whole thing.
This lady quickly turns away, and I quickly turn the other way, and I am just looking up at the ceiling thinking what did I just do. 😉
(Source Photo: Andy Blumenthal)