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Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews
had to leave Italy. There was, of course, a huge outcry from
the Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal. He would
have a religious debate with a leader of the Jewish
community. If the Jewish leader won the debate, the Jews
would be permitted to stay in Italy. If the Pope won, the
Jews would have to leave.

The Jewish community met and picked an aged Rabbi, Moishe,
to represent them in the debate. Rabbi Moishe, however, could
not speak Latin and the Pope could not speak Yiddish. So it
was decided that this would be a "silent" debate.

On the day of the great debate, the Pope and Rabbi Moishe
sat opposite each other for a full minute before the Pope
raised his hand and showed three fingers.

Rabbi Moishe looked back and raised one finger.

Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head.

Rabbi Moishe pointed to the ground where he sat.

The Pope then brought out a communion wafer and chalice of

Rabbi Moishe pulled out an apple. With that, the Pope stood
up and said, "I concede the debate. This man has bested me.
The Jews can stay."

Later, the Cardinals gathered around the Pope, asking him
what had happened.

The Pope said, "First I held up three fingers to represent
the Trinity. He responded by holding up one finger to remind
me that there was still one God common to both our religions.
Then I waved my finger around me to show him that God was all
around us. He responded by pointing to the ground to show
that God was also right here with us. I pulled out the wine
and the wafer to show that God absolves us of our sins. He
pulled out an apple to remind me of original sin. He had an
answer for everything. What could I do?"

Meanwhile, the Jewish community crowded around Rabbi Moishe,
asking what happened. "Well," said Moishe, "first he said to
me, 'You Jews have three days to get out of here.' So I said
to him, 'Up yours'. Then he tells me the whole city would be
cleared of Jews. So I said to him, 'Listen here Mr. Pope, the
Jews ... we stay right here!"

"And then?" asked a woman.

"Who knows?" said Rabbi Moishe. "We broke for lunch."

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Posted by Quado Sep 17, 2003

This is funny

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Posted by vvz227 Sep 20, 2003


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Posted by hilo Sep 20, 2003

oh god I love it!

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Posted by BIGBOY Sep 22, 2003

This is good

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Posted by einat17 Oct 20, 2003

Good one alex! ;-)

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Posted by skoolkid Oct 27, 2003

I love this one.

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Posted by arjun Sep 08, 2004


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Posted by monkey_balls May 24, 2005

i love it not every one can do that you know

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Posted by hamburger Jun 13, 2005

Absolutely awesome! One of the best

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Posted by undercover_joker May 06, 2006

sounds like my sister and my mom but they both speak the same language!

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Posted by hotchick_802 Jul 24, 2006

damn great!! hilarious!!

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Posted by cheesetoast Mar 28, 2007

Well written!

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Posted by BBKatsu Apr 28, 2007

This is like the best joke i've read all day!!

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Posted by leaffan4life Jul 20, 2007

lol i love misunderstanding! brilliant and great joke!

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Posted by Fathead Mar 07, 2009

Reminds me of another bilingual funny story, in the book Paradise Vue, by Kathryn Kidd.

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