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The Rabbinic Exchange Program

July 23, 2009 | by


In order to improve local community spirit, two rabbis of nearby shuls agree to give a shabbos sermon to each other's congregation. This week it is Rabbi Bloom's turn.

At the appointed time, Rabbi Bloom turns up at the other shul, but immediately sits down. The congregation waits patiently for him to get up and begin his sermon, but Rabbi Bloom just sits there staring at the floor. After 5 minutes of waiting, the shames goes over to the rabbi and asks, "My dear rabbi, what are you waiting for? Everyone's waiting to hear from you."

Pointing to his mouth, Rabbi Bloom quietly replies, "I can't talk properly. By mistake, I've left my false teeth in my bathroom at home."

"Don't worry, rabbi," says the shames, "I know where you live. It's only round the corner. Give me your keys and I'll get your teeth for you."

Five minutes later, the shames returns and gives the rabbi his teeth. Rabbi Bloom then gets up and starts his sermon. He talks and he talks and oh he talks. But he's talking about nothing in particular. After 15 minutes of this, the congregation starts to get a bit bothered. But Rabbi Bloom just keeps talking, almost without a pause.

When some members of the shul start to get up to leave, the shames quickly goes over to the rabbi and says, "Excuse me for interrupting your sermon, rabbi, but it's getting late and many here need to get home. So why are you talking so much?"

"I can't help it," replies Rabbi Bloom. "You brought me my wife's false teeth by mistake."


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