A true story and a joke

 

                                                                         A true story and a joke

 

About sixty years ago, I went to Yeshiva University in New York where I studied for a year and a half before I transferred to Ner Israel Rabbinical College in Baltimore. I had a somewhat outspoken Rebbe at YU.

One day a student entered our class and kissed the mezuzah.

“Why did you do that?” asked the Rebbe.

“Because it’s a mitzvah,” answered the student.

“I know of a greater mitzvah,” said the Rebbe.

“What’s that?” asked the student.

“Circumcision,” he replied.

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I told the true story to a rabbinical friend. He said he heard a variation of my story:

A Rebbe saw his student walking with his tzitzit hanging out.

“Why are you hanging out your tzitzit?” asked the Rebbe.

“Because it’s a mitzvah,” answered the student.

“I know a greater mitzvah,” said the Rebbe.

“What’s that?” asked the student.

“Circumcision,” he replied.

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