Synagogue Hostages



	Just before Rosh Hashana, a team of terrorists invades the shul 
	and  takes the rabbi, the cantor and the shul president hostage. 
	Hours later, the governor stands tough, he won't give them a million 
	dollars, nor a getaway car nor a Jumbo Jet.  

	The terrorists gather the three hostages in a corner and inform them 
	that things look bad and they're going to have to shoot them. 
	Nevertheless,  to show  that they're not really a bad bunch, they'll 
	grant each hostage one wish.   

	"Please," says the rabbi, "for the last two months I've been working  
	on my Rosh Hashana Sermon.  What a waste to die now without 
	having ever said it before an audience.  I'll go happily if you let me 
	recite my sermon. It's an  hour  -  ninety minutes long, tops."   

	They promise to grant him the wish. "Please," says the cantor, 
	"after 50 years  I've finally gotten the 'Hinneni' prayer just right. 
	What a waste to  die  and  not sing it to an audience. It's only about 
	45 minutes long - then  I'll go happily."   
	
	The terrorists promise to grant the cantor his wish too  and  they 
	turn to the shul president.


	"Please," says the president with tears in his eyes, "Shoot me first!" 






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