Wake Up Call


In Chelm, the Shammes used to go around waking everyone up for minyan in the morning. Every time it snowed, the people would complain that although the snow was beautiful, they could not see it in its pristine state because by the time they got up in the morning, the Shammes had already trekked through the snow to wake the men up for minyan. The townspeople decided that they had to find a way to let the Shammes wake everyone up for minyan without having him make tracks in the snow.

The people of Chelm hit on a solution. They got four men to volunteer to carry the Shammes around standing on a table every time there was fresh snow in the morning. That way, the Shammes could make his wake up calls, but he would not leave tracks in the snow.....



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