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Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews
had to convert or leave Italy. There was a huge outcry from the
Jewish community, so the Pope offered a deal. He would have a
religious debate with the leader of the Jewish community. If the
Jews won, they could stay in Italy, if the Pope won, they would have to
leave or convert.

The Jewish people met and picked an aged, but wise, Rabbi Moishe to
represent them in the debate. However, as Moishe spoke no Italian
and the Pope spoke no Hebrew, they all agreed that it would be a
"silent" debate.

On the chosen day, the Pope and Rabbi Moishe sat opposite each other
for a full minute before the Pope raised his hand and showed three

Rabbi Moishe looked back and raised one finger. Next, the Pope
waved his finger around his head.

Rabbi Moishe pointed to the ground where he sat. The Pope then
brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of wine.
Rabbi Moishe pulled out an apple. With that, the Pope
stood up and declared that he was beaten, that Rabbi Moishe was too
clever and that the Jews could stay in Italy.

Later, the Cardinals met with the Pope, asking what had 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 is still only one God common to both our beliefs.

Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him that God was all
around us.

He responded by pointing to the ground to show that God was also
right here with us.

I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us of all
our sins.

He pulled out an apple to remind me of the original sin.

He had me beaten at my every move and I could not continue."

Meanwhile the Jewish community was gathered around Rabbi Moishe.
"How did you win the debate?" they asked.

"I haven't a clue," said Moishe.

"First he said to me that we had three days to get out of Italy, so
I gave him the finger!

Then he tells me that the whole country would be cleared of Jews and
I said to him, we're staying right here"

"And then what?" asked a woman.
"Who knows?" said Moishe, "He took out his lunch so I took out

<-----No More Beetle :(
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crank it up, suckers!
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Is that true?

Just kidding. That's hilarious! And I thought this was going to be a comparison thread, rather than a joke. I'll have to try that one out with the old people at the Synagogue in the next couple of weeks.
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