Mikey and the Battle of Jericho

Rabbi Goldberg was just a couple of months into his new job at Beth Israel Congregation but he decided it was time to visit the shul’s Sunday school. The teacher introduced him and said, "Rabbi Goldberg, this morning we're studying the story of Joshua."

"That's wonderful," said Rabbi Goldberg, "let's see what you're learning. Who tore down the walls of Jericho?"

Little Mikey Shapiro shyly raised hand and offered, "Rabbi, I didn't do it."

Taken aback, the Rabbi asked, "Come on, now, who tore down the walls of Jericho?"

The teacher, interrupting, said, "Rabbi Goldberg, Mikey’s a good boy. If he says he didn't do it, I believe he didn't do it."

Flustered, Rabbi Goldberg went to the Hebrew school director and related the story to him.

The director, looking worried, explained, "Well, Rabbi, we've had some problems with Mikey before. Let me talk to him and see what we can do."

Really bothered now by the answers of the teacher and the director, the new Rabbi approached the shul board and related the whole story, including the responses of the teacher and the director.

A white-haired gentleman on the board thoughtfully stroked his chin and said, "Well, Rabbi, I move we just take the money from the general fund to pay for the walls and leave it at that."


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