One group of messianic Jews felt that Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund head currently awaiting trial for allegedly sexually assaulting a maid at a Manhattan hotel, would find succor in the message that Jesus, a Jew, is the Messiah, and that His fellow Jews ought to recognize this. The Tennessee-based International Board of Jewish Missions sent DSK two books, in Hebrew and French, outlining the Good News, along with a note that read, approximately, “Good luck with your troubles. Here are some books to guide your way.” We know this because the books never got to him. Instead, as Adriane Quinlan reports (via French Politics), the books were sent to a wine shop in the Brooklyn neighborhood of Greenpoint, where the be-tattooed and puzzled manager opened it and discovered its contents.
And why was it sent to the wrong place? IBJM addressed the package to 153 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY; DSK is currently holed up in Manhattan’s Tribeca neighborhood, at the address 153 Franklin Street, New York, NY. I’ll resist pointing out that real Jews would know the difference between Brooklyn and Manhattan. Oh, wait, I guess I couldn’t resist.