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You Can't Take It with You

Sol Epstein made millions in the garment business. And when he died he wanted to take some of his money to heaven with him. So just before his 120 years were up Sol talked to God about it. Sol told God that he had lived a good life and all he wanted was to bring a little of his fortune with him. God finally relented, but told the millionaire he must limit the amount to whatever he could fit into one suitcase.

Sol wondered if he should take American Dollars, British Pounds. or Euros but because of inflation he thought his best bet would be to fill his suitcase with gold.

When Sol finally died and arrived at the gates of Heaven, the administering angel asked Sol what was in the suitcase. Sol explained that down on earth he had been a millionaire and that God had given him permission to bring some of his fortune with him, as long as he could fit it into one suitcase.

The angel told Sol this was most unusual and he would have to take a look inside the suitcase. Sol unzipped his suitcase, revealing the gold and smiled broadly.

“What’s that?” the angel asked.

“What do you mean?” Sol responded. “It’s gold!”

The angel looked a little closer and then revealing the gold lined streets in Heaven he said, “Oh, you mean pavement!”

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