Sarah’s Bags are Packed and She’s Ready to Go
Sarah Schmerling was returning to New York from Israel after visiting her kids and grandkids who live in Jerusalem. When she got to the El Al counter, she presented her ticket to New York. As she gave the agent her luggage, she said, "I'd like you to send my green suitcase to Hawaii and my red suitcase to London."
The confused agent said, "I'm sorry, but we can't do that."
"Really? I am so relieved to hear you say that, because that's exactly what you did to my luggage last year!"
Asparagus for Sale
Moishe from Moishe’s Kosher Grocery always had trouble selling his asparagus. So he put up a sign that said, “Asparagus: 25 cents each/ three for a dollar."
At the end of the day, one of his customers, Mrs. Rosenbaum, came in exclaiming: "Don't be ridiculous! I should get four asparagus bundles for a dollar!"
Moishe capitulated and packaged four asparagus bundles. Moishe’s new clerk turned to him and asked him, "Are you going to fix the mistake on your sign?"
"What mistake?" Moishe asked. "Before I put up that sign no one ever bought more than one asparagus bundle before."
A Good Clean Lesson
Rabbi Epstein received a call from a wealthy businessman who was interested in exploring Judaism, but had many questions. He asked if Rabbi Epstein could pay him a visit at the office, which he obliged.
The next day, Rabbi Epstein pulled up to an enormous manufacturing facility which produced soaps and other household cleaners. The company president, Aaron Miller was there to greet him.
“Thank you for coming rabbi,” Mr. Miller said. “Let’s go for a walk, shall we?”
After some small talk Mr. Miller said, “Rabbi, please help me answer this question that I’ve been thinking about: what good is religion, really? Look at all the trouble and misery in the world! Even after thousands of years of religions teaching about goodness and truth and love and peace, there’s still war and deceit and so many terrible things. If Judaism is true, why should this be?"
Rabbi Epstein just stroked his beard in thought.
They continued walking until he noticed a child playing in the gutter. Rabbi Epstein said, "Look at that child. You say that soap makes people clean, but see the dirt on that youngster. Of what good is soap? With all the soap in the world, over all these years, the child is still filthy. I wonder how effective soap is, after all!"
Mr. Miller, president of a soap company protested, "But Rabbi, soap can't do any good unless it is used!"
"Exactly," replied the Rabbi. "Exactly."