Numerous concerned citizens in Gardner, La., contacted the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office in mid-August to report a suspicious Arabic sign,...
The Sheriff’s Office reassured the tiny town about a dozen miles west of Alexandria that the signs were harmless.
Indeed, the three signs were something a bit more “romantic,” according to Rabbi Harley Karz-Wagman of Gemiluth Chassodim in Alexandria. And they weren’t in Arabic — they were Hebrew, with a message of “Welcome Home Yamit.”
Karz-Wagman said a man in the town had met a young Israeli woman who worked in the local mall, and a couple of years ago they married. He explained that she was frequently away on business for a while, so her husband approached the rabbi a year ago and asked him to write out a welcome message in Hebrew so he could copy it onto a card for her when she returned.
This time, he decided to make three yard signs for her return — but when they were seen by neighbors, alarm bells rang. “Because they were in a foreign language, obviously that spooked a lot of people to think this was some kind of code,” Karz-Wagman said, adding that it speaks about today’s suspicious society.
Nevertheless, “I thought it was hilarious” that it got so much attention, especially in Israel.
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