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Southern Hospitality

A Jewish man passing through Texas for a few days on business checked into a rooming house in the Texas heartland. Not wanting to look too conspicuous, he dressed himself in western attire and went to the only saloon in town. He was surrounded by men in cowboy clothes, wearing six-shooters and looking very gruff. He ordered a beer. While sipping his beer and trying to be as inconspicuous as possible, the biggest, burliest, toughest looking hulk of a man walks in and proclaims, "Ah hears there is a Jew in here!"

The Jewish man cringes and says nothing.

"Ah knows you're in here and you'd better speak up," says the Texan.

The Jewish man knows that sooner or later he would have to face up to him and accept the consequences of being Jewish, especially in a remote place as this.

He stands up proudly and says," I AM A JEW!"

The Texan stares at him angrily, "Now what the heck are you hiding for? Come with me, ah need you for a minyan."

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