Shul Customs

 
    
 A young scholar from New York was invited to become Rabbi in a small
 old community in Chicago. On his very first Shabbat, a hot debate
 erupted as to whether one should or should not stand during the reading
 of the Ten  Commandments.
 
 The next day, the rabbi visited 98 year-old Mr. Katz in the nursing 
 home. "Mr. Katz, I'm asking you as the oldest member of the community," 
 said the rabbi, "What is our synagogue's custom during the reading of 
 the Ten Commandments?"
 
 "Why do you ask?" asked Mr. Katz.
 
 "Yesterday we read the Ten Commandments. Some people stood, some people 
 sat. The ones standing started screaming at the ones sitting, telling 
 them to stand up. The ones sitting started screaming at the ones 
 standing, telling them to sit down... "
 
 "That," said the old man, "is our custom."  





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