[triadtechtalk] OT Friday

Who Gets to Stay?(joke)

Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the
Jews had to convert or leave Italy. There was a huge
outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a
deal. He would have a religious debate with the leader
of the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could
stay in Italy. If the Pope won, they would have to
leave. 

The Jewish people met and picked an aged but wise
Rabbi, Moishe, to represent them in the debate.
However, as Moishe spoke no Italian and the Pope spoke
no Hebrew, they all agreed that it would be a "silent"
debate. 

On the chosen day, the Pope and Rabbi Moishe sat
opposite each other for a full minute before the Pope
raised his hand and showed three fingers.

Rabbi Moishe looked back and raised one finger.

Next the Pope waved his finger around his head.

Rabbi Moishe pointed to the ground where he sat.

The Pope then brought out a communion wafer and a
chalice of wine.

Rabbi Moishe pulled out an apple. 

With that, the Pope stood up and declared that he was
beaten, that Rabbi Moishe was too clever and that the
Jews could stay. 

Later, the Cardinals met with the Pope, asking what had
happened. The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers
to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding up
one finger to remind me that there is still only one
God common to both our beliefs. 

"Then, I waved my finger to show him that God was all
around us. He responded by pointing to the ground to
show that God was also right here with us.

"I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God
absolves us of all our sins. He pulled out an apple to
remind me of the original sin. He had me beaten and I
could not continue." 

Meanwhile, the Jewish community were gathered around
Rabbi Moishe.

"What happened?" they asked.

"Well," said Moishe, "first he said to me that we had
three days to get out of Italy, so I said to him, 'Up
yours.'

"Then he tells me that the whole country would be
cleared of Jews and I said to him, 'Mr. Pope, we're
staying right here.' " 

"And then what?" asked a woman. 

"Who knows?" said Rabbi Moishe. "He took out his lunch
so I took out mine."
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"No two leaves were alike, and yet there was no
antagonism between them or between the branches on
which they grew." ~Mahatma Ghandi

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