Shalom in Israel
An American visitor to Israel saw the Prime MInister of Israel among the
spectators at a concert. During the intermission, the American approached
him and they had a brief chat.
The PM said, "Since this is your first visit to our country, I'd be
interested in hearing your impression of us."
The American was ecstatic; everything about the country was more wonderful
than he had anticipated.
"But one thing baffles me, Mr. Prime Minister. I notice that everyone says
'shalom' for 'hello' and 'shalom' for 'goodbye!'"
"True," said the PM, "In our tiny democracy, we have so many problems that
half the time, we don't know whether we're coming or going!"