Israel’s “Chief Rabbi for the Weekend” Goes To Rome To Make a Long Distance Call

TODAY’S BLOG: 10 am Israel time, Saturday, June 7 2014:

This weekend sees the reversal of an old joke that, as you know dear reader, goes something like this:

The Chief Rabbi of Israel and the Pope are in a meeting in Rome. The Rabbi notices an unusually fancy phone on a side table in the Pope’s private chambers.

“What is that phone for?” he asks the pontiff.

“It’s my direct line to the Lord!”

The Rabbi is skeptical, and the Pope notices. The Holy Father insists that the Rabbi try it out, and, indeed, he is connected to the Lord. The Rabbi holds a lengthy discussion with Him.

After hanging up the Rabbi says. “Thank you very much. This is great! But listen, I want to pay for my phone charges.”

The Pope, of course refuses, but the Rabbi is steadfast and finally, the pontiff gives in. He checks the counter on the phone and says: “All right! The charges were 10,000 Euro.”

The Chief Rabbi gladly hands over a packet of bills. A few months later, the Pope is in Jerusalem on an official visit. In the Chief Rabbi’s chambers he sees a phone identical to his and learns it also is a direct line to the Lord. The Pope remembers he has an urgent matter that requires divine consultation and asks if he can use the Rabbi’s phone.

The Rabbi gladly agrees, hands him the phone, and the Pope chats away for a few hours. After hanging up, the Pope offers to pay for the phone charges.

The Rabbi looks on the phone counter and says: “That’ll be 1 Shekel!”

The Pope looks surprised: “Just 1 shekel; why so cheap?”

The Rabbi smiles: “Local call.”*

Israel’s joke of a president and “Chief Rabbi for the Weekend”, Shimon Peres, arrived in Rome yesterday for his prayer fest with Pope Frances who recently stood beside huge photo montages in Bethlehem which directly asserted that Jews killed Jesus, and the Chairman of the PLO and Palestinian unelected president Mahmoud Abbas who just a week ago embraced his fellow terrorists in Hamas.

And this ludicrous trio is going to pray for peace. 

More specifically, each participant will read from his own holy book and focus on a passage that expounds upon creation, forgiveness, and/or peace.  After each man then delivers a few remarks, the threesome will then plant an olive tree and utter a prayer.

How lovely.

Maybe, in the words of the joke, they would have done better to make such a meaningless gesture in Israel. At least it would have been a local call.

*Joke taken from:

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