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Cry Me a River, Rabbi

Rabbi Sapperstein, fresh out of rabbinical school, had to officiate his first funeral for a homeless man with no friends or family. The funeral was to be held at a new cemetery across town and this man was the first to be laid to rest there.

Rabbi Sapperstein arrived late, but noticed a few workers gathering around the grave opening. Young and enthusiastic Rabbi Sapperstein poured out his heart and soul as he gave his sermon and recited the prayers. He was so powerful that he brought the cemetery workers to tears.

When the service was over, the rabbi walked to his car and as he opened the door he heard one worker say to the other, “I never saw anything like that before and I've been putting in septic systems for over 20 years."

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