FIVE SETS OF
In 1936, Morris
Rabinowitz, a dentist, fled his native Germany. He
sold his assets and made five sets of solid gold
teeth with his cash, well above the limit he could
bring to the U.S.
When he arrived in New York, the customs official
was perplexed as to why anybody would have five sets
of gold teeth.
Morris explained, “Jews who keep kosher have two
separate sets of dishes for meat products and dairy
products, but I am so religious I also have separate
sets of teeth. “
The customs official shook his head and said, “Well,
that accounts for two sets of teeth. What about the
Morris replied, “Very religious Jews use separate
dishes for Passover, but I am so Orthodox that I
have separate teeth for Passover meat and Passover
The customs official shook his head and said, “You
must be a man of very strong faith to have separate
teeth for meat and dairy products and likewise for
Passover. That accounts for four sets of teeth. What
about the fifth set?”
Morris looked around and spoke softly, “To tell you
the truth, once in a while I like a ham sandwich.”
A HANUKKAH TREE?
the Christmas trees displayed in the neighbors’
windows, Nathan asked his father, “Daddy, can we
have a Hanukkah tree?”
“What? No, of course
not,” says the father.
“Why not?” asks
father replies, “Well, Nathan, because the last time
we had dealings with a lighted bush, we spent forty
years in the wilderness!
goes to the post office to buy stamps for her
Hanukkah cards, and says to the cashier, “May I have
fifty Hanukkah stamps?”
The cashier replies,
“Oy!” she exclaims,
“Has it come to this? OK. Give me ten Orthodox,
twenty Conservative and thirty Reform."