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The Great Debate September 3, 2016

Posted by nrhatch in Humor, Joke.

Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy.

There was a huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal: he’d have a religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community.

If the Jews won, they could stay in Italy; if the Pope won, they’d have to convert or leave.

The Jewish people met and picked an aged and wise rabbi to represent them in the debate.

However, as the rabbi spoke no Italian, and the Pope spoke no Yiddish, they agreed that it would be a ‘silent’ debate.

On the chosen day, the Pope and rabbi sat opposite each other.

The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.
The rabbi looked back and raised one finger.

Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head.
The rabbi pointed to the ground where he sat.

The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine.
The rabbi pulled out an apple.

With that, the Pope stood up and declared himself beaten and said that the rabbi was too clever. The Jews could stay in Italy.

Later, the Cardinals met with the Pope, and asked him what had happened.

The Pope said, “First I held up three fingers to represent the Trinity.

“He responded by holding up a single finger to remind me there is still only one God common to both our faiths.

“Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that God was all around us.

“The rabbi responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also right here with us.

“I pulled out the wine and host to show that through the perfect sacrifice, Jesus has atoned for our sins, but the rabbi pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin.

“He bested me at every move and I could not continue.”

Meanwhile, the Jewish community gathered to ask the rabbi how he’d won.

“I haven’t a clue,” said the rabbi.

“First, he told me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so I gave him the finger.

“Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Jews, but I told him emphatically that we were staying right here.”

“And then what?” asked a woman.

“Who knows?” said the rabbi.

“He took out his lunch, so I took out mine.”

Aah . . . that’s better!

Source:  E-mail from unknown author (sent by Joe M.)



1. Kate Crimmins - September 3, 2016

Very clever!

nrhatch - September 3, 2016

Yes. A good example of how we interpret everything through the filter of our own thoughts and experiences.

“We see the world behind our eyes.”

2. L. Marie - September 3, 2016

Isn’t it funny how we think we’re communicating with each other, but totally aren’t?

nrhatch - September 3, 2016

Yes. We live in our own little worlds. When we’re in a good mood, it flavors our encounters. If we’re in a bad mood, the same thing happens . . . but in the other direction.

Our insecurities, beliefs, opinions, doubts, fears, etc., bend our interpretation of events to suit our Ego’s desire to be right.

We don’t see the world as it is . . . we see it as we are.

3. Jill Weatherholt - September 3, 2016

Too bad our upcoming Presidential debates can’t be silent. Happy Saturday, Nancy!

nrhatch - September 3, 2016

Haha! That would be a debate worth watching! Have a great day, Jill. Hope Hermine hasn’t dumped buckets of water on your Labor Day plans..

Jill Weatherholt - September 3, 2016

Yesterday was a wash out, but today it’s beautiful. I hope you’re dry and enjoying the holiday weekend!

nrhatch - September 3, 2016

We are. Managed a short walk on the beach this morning (before rain chased us away) and a longer one this afternoon. The beach looked better than expected after the HIGH tides.

anotherday2paradise - September 3, 2016

Wouldn’t that be just perfect? 😀

nrhatch - September 3, 2016

Jill’s comment made me smile . . . big time.

anotherday2paradise - September 4, 2016

Me too. 🙂

4. Under the Oaks - September 3, 2016

Had no idea where it was going! Love it!

nrhatch - September 3, 2016

Same here, Pix. I nodded along at the Pope’s explanation and then grinned widely when the Rabbi shared a different perspective.

5. http://theenglishprofessoratlarge.com - September 3, 2016

Yes, every head is a world, and it’s a wonder we can communicate with each other at all.

nrhatch - September 3, 2016

Listening with an OPEN MIND helps . . . but lots of preconceived notions try to sneak in and block our view.

6. Val Boyko - September 3, 2016

I love how your jokes have moved from being about sex, into religion Nancy. I hope you have some Political ready too!
Thanks for the clever chuckle today 😊

nrhatch - September 3, 2016

Haha! I take them as they come . . . not sure what Joe will share in the coming weeks. But political rhetoric is great joke fodder.

7. Tiny - September 3, 2016

A big chuckle, Nancy! So very clever 😀

nrhatch - September 3, 2016

I finished reading with a big grin!

8. judithhb - September 3, 2016

As always a laugh to start the day. Thanks Nancy

nrhatch - September 3, 2016

My pleasure, Judith. I’m always happy to share a smile.

9. Behind the Story - September 4, 2016

That was a good one, Nancy.

nrhatch - September 4, 2016

Glad you enjoyed the great debate.

10. diannegray - September 4, 2016

Haaaaa! Oh my god, I’ll be laughing about this all day! 😀

nrhatch - September 5, 2016

Are you still BLUE? A blue you laughing would be a sight to see.

diannegray - September 5, 2016

I’m still blue, but slowly turning purple and as long as I don’t turn green I should be alright. Thanks Nancy 😀

nrhatch - September 6, 2016

Judging from the photo you posted, green and purple would look good on you too . . . now, orange, you might want to avoid!

11. Debra - September 7, 2016

Fantastic and funny! Think that’s what we need…more silent debates!

nrhatch - September 7, 2016

Exactly! The less said, the better for some debatable debaters!

12. Bun Karyudo - September 8, 2016

That’s a great joke. I think a similar kind of miscommunication must happen when parents say “It’s bedtime” and kids hear, “Stay up as late as you like. There’s cola in the fridge too if you want it–and don’t worry about brushing your teeth.”

nrhatch - September 8, 2016

Yes!!! Communication as precise as smoke signals on a windy day.

Bun Karyudo - September 8, 2016

That’s right! 🙂

13. Joanne Sisco - September 9, 2016

I’ve never heard this story before … I love it 😀
As mentioned in previous comments, interpretation of a communication is everything!!

nrhatch - September 9, 2016

That’s right! We don’t have to play that game “Telephone” to end up with crossed wires and odd communiques.

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