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The Engineering Rabbi

An Israeli test pilot is working on new jet design and he’s getting frustrated. He gets up to Mach 2 and the wings shear at the fuselage. Nothing the engineers recommend seems to fix the problem. He remembers that in Brooklyn, there is a great rabbi who is also an engineer so he calls the rabbi for advice.

“Take a drill and where the wings meet the fuselage, drill holes all around the junction of the wings. It sounds illogical, but I promise it will work!” the rabbi promises.

The Pilot takes his jet up and boosts the speed: Mach 1, OK. Mach 2, OK. Mach3, Ok. Mach 4, Ok. Mach 5, OK. Amazing! The pilot lands the jet and immediately calls the rabbi.

“Rabbi, how did you know?” he asks. “It defies all reason!”

The rabbi responds, “I'm 85. I've conducted Pesach seders for 65 years. Not ONCE in all those years did I ever see a piece of matzoh break along the holes!”

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