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Forgiveness

Rabbi Epstein was giving his Yom Kippur sermon about forgiveness and during his speech he asked his congregation, "how many of you have forgiven your enemies?”

About half held up their hands. He then rephrased his question, “how many of you want to forgive your enemies?” Slowly, every hand in the congregation went up, except for one. Little old Sadie Horowitz.

"Mrs. Horowitz?" inquired the Rabbi, “are you not willing to forgive your enemies, especially on this Day of Atonement when God forgives us all?”

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

"Mrs. Horowitz, that is more impressive. How old are you?"

"Ninety-eight," she replied.

"Oh Mrs. Horowitz, what a blessing and a lesson to us all you are. Would you please stand up and in front of this congregation tell us all how a person can live ninety- eight and not have an enemy in the world."

Little old Mrs. Horowitz got up slowly, smiled, faced the congregation, and said "I outlived all those old yentes."

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