I can’t wait to move to Lakewood and acquaint myself with Tom Chenko.
Apparently every proper Bais Yaakov girl, Kollel Wife, and any upstanding woman knows him really well. And jumps at his beck and call.
My brother, fresh meat to Lakewood, picked up the phone in his in-laws house.
“Tom Chenko,” the voice on the other line said.
“Who?!” my brother asked.
“Tom Chenko,” the voice repeated.
“Tom Chenko? I think you have the wrong number,” my brother responded politely.
The person on the other line stammered and started to hang up.
“Wait!” by brother’s sister-in-law who was standing nearby called, and she took the receiver from my brother.
“What’s the name?” she asked. “Is it going up or down?” And she hung up.
My brother looked at his sister-in-law quizzically. That conversation made no sense to him, who was Tom Chenko? Names? And Lists?
…Shidduchim?…Rapist Alert?….Political Campaign?…he thought.
“Tehilim Chain Call” his sister-in-law explained slowly, “Very common in Lakewood.” As she took out the telephone book, flipped though it, picked up the receiver again and started dialing.
I can’t wait.