This photo was posted yesterday on Reddit, a user-generated social media website. It depicts an African-American man sleeping on the shoulder of an Orthodox Jewish man on the New York City subway. The photographer accompanied the photo with the following caption:
“Heading home on the Q train yesterday when this young African American guy nods off on the shoulder of a Jewish man. The man doesn’t move a muscle, just lets him stay there. After a minute, I asked the man if he wanted me to wake the kid up, but he shook his head and responded, ‘He must have had a long day, let him sleep. We’ve all been there, right?’
He was still sleeping soundly when I got off the train 20 minutes later.
It was a small gesture, but a kind one. I love New Yorkers!”
In the words of Charidy, a Lubavitch run Facebook group that first publicized the image: “What a wonderful reminder that every moment is a chance to do something good for another person. And not only that, but inspire the others around us with our small but powerful actions.”