An American philanthropist went to Israel to inspect several Houses of Worship to which he had been sending contributions. In an obscure corner of Negev he met with the rabbi of an impoverished synagogue. “We need more help,” the rabbi pleaded. “This place is falling apart and the congregation is too poor to do anything about it.” “Tell me, rabbi, how much do they pay you?” the visitor asked. “Twenty five dollars a month,” said the rabbi. “That’s all these poor people can afford.” “But how do you manage to live on that?” came the next question. “Well, I’m a religious man,” said the rabbi, “and if I didn’t fast three times a week, I’d starve to death.”
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