Son of a Gun

From Ingrid Rimland's Nov 2000 Lebensraum newsletter:

A Jewish father was concerned about his son who was about a year away from his Bar Mitzvah but was sorely lacking in his knowledge of the Jewish faith. To remedy this, he sent his son to Israel to experience his heritage.

A year later the young man returned home. "Father, thank you for sending me to the land of our Fathers," the son said. "It was wonderful and enlightening; hwoever, I must confess that while in Israel, I converted to Christianity."

"Oy vey," replied the father. "What have I done?"

So in the tradition of the patriarch, he went to his best friend and sought his advice and solace.

"It is amazing that you should come to me" stated his friend. "I too sent my son to Israel, and he returned a Christian."

Greatly upset by the emergency, the two went to the Rabbi.

"It is amazing that you sould come to me" stated the Rabbi. "I too sent my son to Israel and he returned a Christian. What is happening to our sons?"

"Brothers, we must take this to the Lord", said the Rabbi. They fell to their knees and began to wail and pour out their hearts to the Almighty. As they prayed, the clouds opened and a mighty voice stated:

"Amazing that you should come to Me. I, too, sent My Son to Israel ..."


Ingrid is webmistress of the Zundelsite.


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