11 December 2003

The Brothers (via Gerald) 

Four Jewish brothers left home for college. They became successful doctors and lawyers and prospered.

Some years later, they chatted after having dinner together.

They discussed the gifts that they were able to give to their elderly mother, who lived far away in another city.

The first brother said, "I had a big house built for Mama."

The second said, "I had a hundred thousand dollar theatre built in the house for her."

The third said, "I had my Mercedes dealer deliver her an SL600 with chauffeur."

The fourth said, "Listen to this. You know how Mama loved reading the Torah. And you know, too, she can't read anymore because she can't see very well.

I happened to meet this Rabbi who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Torah. It took twenty rabbis 12 years to teach him.

I had to pledge to contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the temple. Let me tell you it was worth it. All Mama has to do is name a chapter and verse and the parrot will recite it."

The other brothers were impressed.

After the holidays Mom sent out her Thank-you notes to her sons.

She wrote:

Milton: The house you built is so huge. I live in only one room, but I have
to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway.

Marvin: I am too old to travel. I stay home, I have my groceries delivered, so I never use the Mercedes and the driver you hired is a Nazi. The thought was good. Thanks.

Menachim: You give me an expensive theatre with Dolby sound, it could hold 50 people, but all my friends are dead, I've lost my hearing and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank you for the gesture just the same.

Dearest Phil: You were the only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you.

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