At the regular Saturday morning service the rabbi announced that he was
planning to leave for a larger congregation that would pay him more.
There is a hush within the congregation. No one wants him to leave
because he is so popular.
Fred Shapiro, who owns several car dealerships in Newton and Brookline,
stands up and proclaims "If the rabbi stays, I will provide him with a
new Cadillac every year and his wife with a Honda mini-van to transport
children!" The congregation sighs in appreciation and applauds.
Saul Cohen, a successful businessman and lawyer, stands and says, "If the
rabbi will stay on here, I'll personally double his salary and establish
a foundation to guarantee a free college education for his children!"
More sighs and loud applause.
Estelle Rubin, age 88, stands and announces with a smile, "If the rabbi
stays, I will give him sex!"
There is total silence. The rabbi, blushing, asks her "Mrs. Rubin, you're
a wonderful and holy lady, whatever possessed you to say that?"
Estelle's 90-year old husband, Abe, is now trying to hide, holding his
forehead with the palm of his hand and shaking his head from side to side,
while his wife replies: "Well, I just asked my husband how we could help,
and he said,