With so many Americans unemployed, do we also need an Unlabor Day?
Well, I can't hire anyone to help relieve the problem, but I can provide a bit of comic relief today by passing along a few faith-based jokes from various sources (including Beliefnet.com). Those various sources do not include me. As I've explained before, if I made up jokes, they'd be better than the ones I give you here.
1. A plane hit a patch of severe turbulence and the passengers were holding on tight as it rocked and reeled through the night. A little old lady turned to a minister who was sitting behind her and said, "You're a man of God. Can't you do something about this?"
He replied, "Sorry, I can't. I'm in sales, not management."
2. One day St. Peter saw a street gang walking up to the Pearly Gates.
He ran to God and said, "There are some low-life street gang members at the Gates. What do I do?"
God replied, "Just do what you normally do with that type: Redirect them."
St. Peter went back to carry out the order but he suddenly came running back, yelling, "God, God, they're gone! They're gone!"
"The street gang?"
"No, the Pearly Gates."
3. The mayor of a Jewish village decided to create an additional room in their home.
His wife spoke to the general contractor for some time. They laughed and enjoyed what seemed like a long conversation. Her husband asked what they were talking about. The woman introduced the two men and the general contractor returned to his work.
The husband asked, "Did you know each other?"
The wife replied, "Yes, actually. We were engaged to be married when I was very young."
Her husband smiled and said. "Wow, I guess you should be happy you married me. I'm the mayor. If you had married him, you would have been married to a general contractor."
"No," she replied. "He would have been the mayor."
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HELLO? IS ANYONE HEARING THIS MESSAGE?
Pope Benedict XVI spoke again Sunday about the horrors of war as he marked the 70th anniversary of the start of World War II. He can't say it enough. And yet, who is listening?
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P.S.: Until Tuesday, Sept. 8, my Internet access will be sporadic at best. That means a long time may go by between you posting a comment here and it being published. Thanks for your patience.
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ANOTHER P.S.: Please plan to join me and my co-author, Rabbi Jacques Cukierkorn, at one of the two upcoming (Sept. 10 and Sept. 13) events described here to launch our new book, They Were Just People: Stories of Rescue in Poland During the Holocaust. Rainy Day Books will be there to help you buy a copy and you'll even get to meet some of the people whose remarkable stories we tell in the book.