O'Brian loved to play golf and would go out alone to a course and get
paired up with any group that needed a fourth. One day he went to his favorite
course and the pro said, "I'm sorry O'Brian, but the only group I can
put you with is one with three Chassidic rabbis."
O'Brian says, "That's fine with me."
He joins the group and tees off. His shot is about 200 yards out and
off to the right rough. Reb Moshe tees off 300 yards straight out into
the middle of the fairway. Reb Yitzchak's shot is about 290 and Reb Yaacov's
is 300, but slightly off center. O'Brian has trouble with getting out of
the rough and four-putts, while the rabbis' approach shots are right on
the pin, they two-putt for par.
The rest of the round is the same, with the rabbi's scores either par or
under par, while O'Brian has a 95. He says to them, "You guys must
play and practice all the time."
Reb Yitzchak says, "No, we study all the time and only play once a week.
But, on our Sabbath, while we are in shul, we say a prayer asking God to
give us one good round of golf each week."
O'Brian is so impressed that he goes home and tells his wife that they
are converting. They study, convert, join a shul, and go to services
About a year later, O'Brian runs into the threesome at the same course
and they invite him to play with them. The game is exactly like last
O'Brian is doing nothing right, and the three are perfect. At the end,
O'Brian says to the rabbis, "I don't understand it. I converted, joined
a shul, pray every week."
Reb Moshe says, "You joined a shul? Which one?"
O'Brian says, "Beth El."
Reb Moshe says, "No, no, no! Beth El is for TENNIS!"