The day before a New York-based reporter set out for this rural east Texas enclave in search of Jewish college life at Texas A&M University, an e-mail landed in her inbox from Rabbi Peter Tarlow.
"Texans are a different sort of people than New Yorkers," the missive admonished.
Rabbi Tarlow, the New Jersey native who has presided over the Hillel at A&M for more than two decades, went on: "You can leave your saddle at home, but there are no taxis in College Station. This is Texas, not New York City. … Be slow and gentle when you speak here. Opinions are thought about rather than expressed."
Read the full story >>>