Inter-Religious Debate


 About a century or two ago, the Pope decided that all the Jews had to leave 
 the Vatican. Naturally there was a big uproar from the Jewish community. So 
 the Pope made a deal. He would have a religious debate with a member of the 
 Jewish community. If the Jew won, the Jews could stay. If the Pope won, the 
 Jews would leave.

 The Jews realized that they had no choice. So they picked a middle aged man 
 named Moishe to represent them.  Moishe asked for one addition to the debate. 
 To make it more interesting, neither side would be allowed to talk. The pope 
 agreed.

 The day of the great debate came. Moishe and the Pope sat opposite each other 
 for a full minute before the Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers. 
 Moishe looked back at him and raised one finger. The Pope waved his fingers in 
 a circle around his head. Moishe pointed to the ground where he sat. The Pope 
 pulled out a wafer and a glass of wine. Moishe pulled out an apple. The Pope
 stood up and said, "I give up. This man is too good. The Jews can stay."

 An hour later, the cardinals were all around the Pope asking him what 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 and showing that 
 God was also right here with us. I pulled out the wine and the wafer to show 
 that god absolves us from 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 had crowded around Moishe.  "What happened?" 
 they asked. "Well," said Moishe, "First he said to me that the Jews had three 
 days to get out of here. I told him that not one of us was leaving.  Then he 
 told me that this whole city would be cleared of Jews. I let him know that we 
 were staying right here." "And then?" asked a woman. "I don't know," said 
 Moishe. "He took out his lunch and I took out mine." 





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