the jewish mind
A fleeing Taliban, desperate for water, was plodding through the
Afghanistan desert, when he saw something far off in the distance.
Hoping to find water, he walked toward the object, only to find a
little old ewish man sitting at a card table with neckties laid out on
The Arab asked, "My thirst is killing me. Do you have water?"
The Jewish man replied, "I have no water. Would you like to buy a
tie? They are only $150. This one goes very nicely with your
"The Arab shouted, "Idiot! I do not need an overpriced tie. I need
"OK," said the old Jew, "it does not matter that you do not want
to buy a tie. I will show you that you have not offended me. If you
walk over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a
lovely restaurant. Go! Walk that way! The restaurant has all
the water you need!"
The Arab staggered away toward the hill, and eventually
Four hours later, the Arab came crawling back to where the
Jewish man was sitting at his table.
The Jew said, "I told you, about two miles over that hill. Could
you not find it?
"I found it all right," rasped the Arab. "Your brother won't let me
in without a tie!"