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    The rabbi comes calling.

    This particular forum has been idle for so long that I thought a story that our rabbi told from the pulpit a few weeks ago might be food for thought, especially at this time of year. Perhaps some of you have heard it before.

    There was an old Jew, a widower, who lived way out at the edge of town. He had heard through the temple ‘grapevine’ that the rabbi would be making the rounds, seeking contributions for the poor.

    It was a dark, cold, blustery winter night, and the old man thought to himself, “Well, the rabbi sure won’t be out in this kind of weather.”

    No sooner had this thought crossed his mind than there came a knock at the door. “Now who could that be on a night like this?”, thought the old gentleman.

    He opened the door and lo and behold, there stood the rabbi, covered with snow and ice!

    “Rabbi”, said the old man, “for heaven’s sake, come in from the cold!”

    “No, no”, said the rabbi, “I can’t, I haven’t time, I’m just making the rounds, reminding everyone of the…”

    “Yes, rabbi, I know, but the weather is awful, PLEASE come in and warm yourself!”

    “No, no”, said the rabbi, “I must be going…”

    Then the old man grabbed the rabbi by the lapels and literally dragged him into the living room. “Rabbi”, said the man, "sit here by the fire, warm yourself, for goodness sake, why did you keep us out there in the cold?”

    “Because”, said the rabbi, “I wanted you to know how it feels to be out in the cold!”

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    What a story.

    Brings up memories.

    I grew up where the snow never fell. My Army service was in Germany. One evening took a buss to a movie theater. Watched movie and had to walk back. There was already snow but I did not expect it to continue. It was like well over a mile of snowing cold. When I got back first thing was to see if the temperature actually reached 0 degrees F, which I thought it must have. Turn on radio, couldn't confirm.

    Anyway, for the first time kicking snow and such cold was new to me.


    Don't we all seek new experiences?
    “The best laid schemes o' Mice an' Men,
    Gang aft agley.
    An' lea'e us nought but grief an' pain,
    For promis'd joy!

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