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Friday, 18 November, 2011 - 11:33 am

Abie and Sadie had a  Jewish religious store on Delancey Street on the  Lower  East Side of NYC. The neighborhood was changing. Sales were down on all Jewish  related items.

"Abie, we have to  close the store," said Sadie.

"We can't", said  Abie. "This neighborhood is our life. We've been here  for  50 years. Maybe  we can start stocking Catholic articles too."

Sadie says,"What?  Catholic articles? Bistu a gantzen Meshuggeh? We're Jewish, No Catholic  articles!!!"

Well, a month passed  and they sold nothing but two tallaisim, Three mezzuzahs and one  set of tfillin. Now was the time to decide. Sadie agreed that  they had to stock Catholic articles, so she said to Abie,"OK, call that Catholic supply house on Park Avenue."

Abie agreed to  call: "Hello, Catholic supply house on Park Avenue? This is Abie  and Sadie's on Delancey Street . I want 100 autographed pictures of the Pope, 200 of those beads - what do you call  them, rosaries? 500 crucifixes. Oh yeh, I need those things here tomorrow."

"OK, Sir. I got your  order. Let me read it back. 100 autographed pictures of the  Pope, 200 sets of rosaries and 500 crucifixes. But tomorrow we don't  deliver, "it's Shabbos and we are closed".

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