I’ve always thought the concept of “ma’aras ayin” is a bit strange. I mean, if I saw a nice aidel maidel going into, say, Mickey-D’s, I would assume that she’s going for the coffee or the bathroom. Because let’s face it, which is more likely:
Nice aidel maidel has a good, kosher reason for entering a non-kosher restaurant or
Nice aidel maidel just randomly walks into non-kosher eateries and indulges her cheeseburger craving?
If we assume that people are who they present themselves to be, then if they appear to do something incongruous, shouldn’t we assume that our conception of the situation is wrong, rather than our conception of the person?
I’m wondering all this after rereading a post about my alleged drinking problem.