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A Real Einstein

September 8, 2011 | by

At the conclusion of the Shabbat services, the congregants of Beth Israel synagogue filed out toward of the sanctuary to the kiddush. As one of them left, he shook the rabbi’s hand, thanked him for the sermon and said, "Thanks for the message, Rabbi. You must be smarter than Einstein." Beaming with pride, the Rabbi said, "Why, thank you!"

As the week went by, the rabbi began to think about the man's compliment. The more he thought, the more he became baffled as to why anyone would deem him smarter than Einstein. So he decided to ask the man the following Shabbat.

The next Saturday he asked his congregant if he remembered the previous week’s comment about his speech. The congregant replied that he did. The rabbi asked: "Exactly what did you mean that I must be smarter than Einstein?"

The man replied, "Well, Rabbi, they say that Einstein was so smart that only ten people in the entire world could understand him. But Rabbi, not even one person can understand you."

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