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No Accident


Bernie is talking a walk in Brooklyn one cold morning when he hears an almighty crash behind him. He turns around and sees a "Brooklyn's Best Kosher Wines" truck lying on its side, with broken bottles all around it and wine running into the gutter. The driver doesn't seem to be injured, but is nevertheless weeping openly. A crowd quickly gathers.

"What's the matter?" Bernie asks the driver, "Are you hurt?"

"No, I'm not hurt," replies the driver, "but my boss, Mr. Epstein, is going to blame me for the loss of his wine and deduct it from my pay check."

On hearing this, a man suddenly steps forward and says to the crowd, "Oy vay, did you hear what this poor hard working Jewish guy just said? He's going to lose a lot of money because of this accident. We can't let this happen. We have to help him."

At that, he takes off his hat, puts it on the ground next to the driver and places a $20 bill in it. "Nu? What are you all waiting for?" he says to the crowd. "Help this man out. It will be a mitzvah."

In no time, the hat is overflowing with money. The man then picks up the hat and money, gives it to the driver and smiling, says, "Here, this will help you. Go back to your office and give this to your boss." As the man walks away, Bernie says to the driver, "Wow! I must tell The Jewish Newspapers about this. What a mensh that man is - have you ever seen him before?"

"Of course," replies the driver. "That's my boss Mr. Epstein."

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