Category: Silly World of Chelm

Fool’s Paradise

What is paradise like? Would people live happily in paradise? Atzel dreams to live in paradise and becomes ill. To the grief of his parents, he is willing to die. Why does Alzel want to go to paradise so much?…

The Silent Debate

One Pope, in the Dark Ages, decreed that all Jews had to leave Rome. The Jews did not want to leave, and so the Pope challenged them to a disputation to prove that they could remain. No one, however, wanted…

The New Synagogue

The town of Chełm decided to build a new synagogue. So, some strong, able-bodied men were sent to a mountaintop to gather heavy stones for the foundation. The men put the stones on their shoulders and trudged down the mountain…

Sun or Moon

‘Which is more important, the sun or the moon?’ a citizen of Chelm asked the rabbi. ‘What a silly question!’ snapped the cleric. ‘The moon, of course! It shines at night when we really need it. But who needs the…

Richer than Rothschild

The melamed (Jewish religious teacher) of Chelm was speaking with his wife. ‘If I were Rothschild, I’d be richer than he.’ ‘How can that be?’ asked the wife. ‘You would both have the same amount of money.’ ‘True,’ he agreed,…

The First Shlemiel

There are many shlemiels in the world, but the very first one came from the city of Chelm. He had a wife, Mrs. Shlemiel, and a child, small Shlemiel, but he could not provide for them. His wife used to…

The Snow in Chelm

Chelm was a village of fools, fools young and old. One night someone spied the moon reflected in a barrel of water. The people of Chelm imagined it had fallen in. They sealed the barrel so that the moon would…