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Tuesday, September 20, 2005

Old but still good

A friend recently reminded me of this one.

A journalist was assigned to the Jerusalem bureau of his newspaper. He got an apartment overlooking the Wailing Wall.

After several weeks, he realized that whenever he looked out at the Wall, he saw the same old Jew praying there.

The journalist wondered whether this might make a publishable story. So he went down to the Wall, introduced himself, and said, "You come every day. What are you praying for?"

The old Jew replied, "What am I praying for? In the morning I pray for world peace, then I pray for the brotherhood of man. I go home, have a glass of tea, and I come back to the Wall to pray for the eradication of illness and disease from the earth."

The journalist was captivated by the old Jew's sincerity and persistence. "You mean you have been coming to the Wall every day to pray for these things?"

The old Jew nodded.

"How long have you been coming to the Wall to pray for these things?"

The old Jew became reflective and then replied, "How long? Maybe 20, 25 years."

The journalist was flabbergasted. "You mean you have been coming to the Wall every day for all those years to pray for all these things?"

The old Jew nodded.

"How does it feel to come to the Wall to pray every day over so many years for these things?"

The old Jew replied, "How does it feel? It's like talking to a wall."

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2 Comments:

At 8:36 AM, Anonymous ainelivia said...

Wonderful, I'm just sitting here laughing. I mean after all the truth is the truth.

 
At 9:48 AM, Blogger MaryB said...

Wonderful! Even this old Episcopalian can relate -

 

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