The Beggar and Reb Amschel Rothschild

Oldie but goodie.

In the early 1800’s, a certain beggar once approached Amschel Mayer Rothschild, and wanted to be clever about collecting money from him. As was the style at the time, people used to use first-letter mnemonics to summarize a sentence. And to make things more clever was to make the mnemonic into a familiar word. The word the beggar used was for the alternate word Talmud, Gemara (or “Gemooreh” in Chassidish pronunciation).

So, our beggar friend approached R’ Amschel and exclaimed to him, ” גמר”א ” (GeMaRA)!

R’ Amschel asked him “what does that mean?”

The beggar replied, ” גוט מורגען, רב אמשל ” (Good morning, Reb Amschel).

R’ Amschel replied, “Ah! גוט מורגען ” (Good morning).

The beggar once again says, ” גמר”א ” (GeMaRA)!

“What now?'” Asked the wealthy R’ Amschel.

The beggar tells him, ” גיב מעוס, רב אמשל ” (Give money, Reb Amschel).

R’ Amschel gives the beggar money.

The beggar once again says, ” גמר”א ” (GeMaRA)!

“What now?'” Asked an already impatient R’ Amschel.

The beggar tells him, ” גיב מער, רב אמשל ” (Give more, Reb Amschel).

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