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Moishe and the Pope

Discussion in 'The Lighter Side' started by okie, Aug 16, 2003.

  1. okie

    okie GT Mayor

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    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 Yiddish, 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. Moishe
    pointed to the ground where he sat. The Pope then brought
    out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine. 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 was gathered around 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 Moishe. "He took out his lunch, so I took
    out mine."
     
  2. Edge

    Edge Millennium Member

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