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Satan is in Shul

A few minutes before the Kol Nidre service is scheduled to begin, and just as the shul's congregation is sitting quietly waiting, God’s prosecutorial angel – Satan himself – suddenly appears. Instantly there is total panic. Members begin running towards the exits screaming. Many are trampled on as they fall in their frantic effort to get away from the devil. And within minutes, the shul is empty - empty that is except for Moishe, a grey-haired 75 year old man who remains sitting calmly in his seat.

Moishe seems totally unaware of Satan’s presence. Satan, seeing that Moishe is the only one remaining in the shul, walks over to Moishe and in a booming voice says, "Do you know who I am?"

And in the standard Yiddish manner, Moishe replies, "Do you know who I am?"

"You should fear me like the others do," says Satan. "Aren't you afraid of me?"

"No, certainly not" replies Moishe.

"But surely you realise what I can do to you, in an instant, without even a word being said?" says Satan.

"So nu already, be my guest," replies Moishe calmly.

"But don't you know that if I want to, I can cause you unbelievably, horrifying agony?" asks Satan.

"Big deal," replies Moishe calmly.

"And you still say that you're not afraid of me?" asks Satan.

"No way," replies Moishe.

Moishe's replies so shock Satan that he asks Moishe one more question, "So tell me already. Why aren't you afraid of me?"

"Because,” Moishe replies calmly. “I've been married to your sister for over 50 years!"

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