Category: Merry Mishmash

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 Rabbi and Golf

A Reform Rabbi was so compulsive a golfer that once, on Yom Kippur, he left the house early and went out for a quick nine holes by himself. An angel who happened to be looking on immediately notified his superiors…

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…

Higher Mathematics

Shmul and Benin, two of the wisest men in the town of Chelm, went one day to take a steam bath. As they relaxed in the luxury of steamy heat, they idly began discussing Benin’s upcoming trip to Dvimsk, debating…