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Fortunate Cookies

July 23, 2009 | by

A Jewish man and a Chinese man were conversing.

The Jewish man commented upon what a wise people the Chinese are.

"Yes," replied the Chinese, "Our culture is over 4,000 years old. But, you Jews are a very wise people, too."

The Jewish man replied, "Yes, our culture is over 5,000 years old."

The Chinese man was incredulous, "That's impossible," he replied.

"Where did your people eat for a thousand years?


Everyone knows that the Jewish people have an affinity for Chinese food, but can anyone explain why this is? Is it the sweet and sour sauce? The all you can eat buffets? The MSG? Or perhaps there’s a more meaningful reason. Maybe it’s simply that we share a mutual respect and admiration for one another because both of our cultures have an ancient tradition, revere our wise men, and admire introspection and the pursuit of truth. Then again, maybe it’s just that our two nationalities have nothing better to do on the night of December 24th.


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