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Secret to Marital Bliss

The Beth David Shul has quite a few married couples who have enjoyed lengthy marriages. So Rabbi Bloom organizes a discussion at the shul on, ‘how to stay happily married for a long time’ and invites shul members who have been married for 30 years or more to talk about their marriages. One member who turns up is Cyril and he’s been married for almost 50 years. So Rabbi Bloom invites Cyril to give the audience an insight into how he’s been able to survive 50 years with the same woman.

Cyril stands up and says to the audience, "Well, it’s simple really. I treated my Hettie with respect, gave her whatever she asked for, and took all her flack with a smile on my face."

"Is that all you did?" asks Rabbi Bloom.

"No, not all," replies Cyril, "on special occasions, I sometimes took Hettie to far away places."

"So tell us, Cyril," asks Rabbi Bloom, "where did you take Hettie on the last special occasion?"

"I took Hettie to Beijing in China on our 40th wedding anniversary," replies Cyril.

"Wow!" says Rabbi Bloom, "If only all Jewish husbands could follow your example. But before you sit down, Cyril, can you tell us what you're planning to do on your 50th anniversary?"

Cyril replies, "I'm going to go back to Beijing and bring Hettie back."

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