Four Jewish brothers left home
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 said, "I had a big
house built for Mama."
The second said, "I had a hundred
thousand dollar theater built in the house."
The third said, "I had my
Mercedes dealer deliver her an SL600 with a chauffeur."
The fourth said, "Listen to this.
You know how Mama loved reading the Torah and you know she can't
read it anymore because she can't see very well. I met 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, but it
was worth it. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the
parrot will recite it."
The other brothers were
After the holidays Mom sent out
her Thank You notes. 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
"Menachim, you give me an
expensive theater 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
"Dearest Melvin, you were the
only son to have the good sense to give a little thought to your
gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you."
Submitted by Debbie, Proud