IJMC - B-a-a-a-h-l
Ok, a hour of water basketball can really knowck you out. I'm going to
sleep well tonight. And in the meantime, here's a little tale for you.
I'll admit, it sounds better when Mr. Drake tells it, but it's good just
the same. -dave
So it seems that these four rabbis had a series of theological arguments,
and three were always in accord against the fourth. One day, the odd
rabbi out, after the usual "3 to 1, majority rules" statement that
signified that he had lost again, decided to appeal to a higher authority.
"Oh, God!" he cried. "I know in my heart that I am right and they are
wrong! Please give me a sign to prove it to them!"
It was a beautiful, sunny day. As soon as the rabbi finished his prayer, a
storm cloud moved across the sky above the four. It rumbled once and
dissolved. "A sign from God! See, I'm right, I knew it!" But the other
three disagreed, pointing out that storm clouds form on hot days.
So the rabbi prayed again: "Oh, God, I need a bigger sign to show that I
am right and they are wrong. So please, God, a bigger sign!"
This time four storm clouds appeared, rushed toward each other to form one
big cloud, and a bolt of lightning slammed into a tree on a nearby hill.
"I told you I was right!" cried the rabbi, but his friends insisted that
nothing had happened that could not be explained by natural causes.
The rabbi was getting ready to ask for a *very big* sign, but just as he
said, "Oh God...," the sky turned pitch black, the earth shook, and a
deep, booming voice intoned, "HEEEEEEEE'S RIIIIIIIGHT!"
The rabbi put his hands on his hips, turned to the other three, and said,
"So," shrugged one of the other rabbis, "now it's 3 to 2."