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Mrs. Rubinstein’s Enemies

The Rabbi’s speech on Shabbat was about forgiveness. Toward the end of the service, he asked his congregation, "How many of you are willing to forgive those who have wronged you?”

Most of the people in shul raised their hands. The Rabbi repeated his question. “Come now everyone, Yom Kippur is approaching.” Every hand went up except for one. It belonged to little old Mrs. Rubinstein.

"Mrs. Rubinstein?" inquired the Rabbi. “Are you not willing to forgive everyone – even your enemies?”

"I don't have any enemies." she replied, smiling sweetly.

"How fortunate that you don’t have any enemies, Mrs. Rubinstein. Remind me, how old are you?" asked the rabbi.

"Ninety-three," she replied.

"Oh Mrs. Rubinstein, what a blessing and a lesson you are to us all you are. Please tell us how someone who has lived so long does not have an enemy in the world."

The little sweetheart of a lady faced the congregation, and said "I outlived all of those old yentes."

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