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About a century or two ago, the Pope decided that all the Jews had to leave
Rome. Naturally there was a big uproar from the Jewish community. So the
Pope made a deal. He would have a religious debate with a member of the
Jewish community. If the Jew won, the Jews could stay. If the Pope won, the
Jews would leave.

The Jews realized that they had no choice. So they picked a middle aged man
named Moishe to represent them. Moishe asked for one addition to the debate.
To make it more interesting, neither side would beallowed to talk.

The Pope agreed.

The day of the great debate came.

Moishe and the Pope sat opposite each other for a full minute before the Pope
raised his hand and showed three fingers. Moishe looked back at him and
raised one finger.

The Pope waved his fingers in a circle around his head. Moishe pointed to
the ground where he sat.

The Pope pulled out a wafer and a glass of wine. Moishe pulled out an apple.

The Pope stood up and said, "I give up. This man is too good. The Jews can

An hour later, the cardinals were all around the Pope asking him what had

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 was still one God
common to both our religions.

Then I waved my finger around me to show him that God was all around us. He
responded by pointing to the ground and showing that God was also right here
with us.

I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God absolves us from our sins.
He pulled out an apple to remind me of original sin. He had an answer for
everything. What could I do?"

Meanwhile, the Jewish community had crowded around Moishe. "What
happened?" they asked.

"Well," said Moishe, "First he said to me that the Jews had three days to get
out of here. I told him that not one of us was leaving.

Then he told me that this whole city would be cleared of Jews. I let him
know that we were staying right here."

"Yes, yes,.. and then???" asked the crowd.

"I don't know," said Moishe, "He took out his lunch, and I took out mine."

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