Thursday, November 18, 2004

The Pope and the Chief Rabbi

And old joke, but one worth repeating:

The chief rabbi of Israel visits the Vatican. The Pope
shows him all the beautiful artwork and the religious
treaures, and the rabbi notices in one corner, in a
special case, is a rather elaborate telephone. "That,"
says the Pontif, "is our means of direct
communication with God? Would you like to give
him a call? It's $10,000 per minute."

The rabbi passes on the offer, but a few months later
the Pope visits Israel, and in the rabbi's office
notices a very simple phone sitting on a cushion in
one corner. "That's our phone for talking to God,"
says the rabbi. "Would you like to make a call?"

"I don't have $10,000 on me just at the moment,"
says the Pope.

"Not a problem," says the rabbi. "It's a local call."


The background image on this page is a Hebrew translation of the verse from Bob Dylan's song  It's Alright, Ma (I'm Only Bleeding), from which the title of this blog is taken. Translation courtesy of Yoram Aharon of Hod-HaSharon's page--found via YudelLine-- which has many Dylan lyrics in Hebrew.