Hebrew School Musical Celebration

The local Hebrew School decided to observe Israel's 50th anniversary with a special ecumenical celebration, and invited everyone in the neighborhood, of whatever background, to participate in any way they thought appropriate, or to just come and observe, and have some home-baked cookies washed down with grape juice or heavy super-sweet wine.

There were speeches, dramatizations, and miscellaneous musical performances. At one point Mrs. Goldberg, in the third row, wiped away a tear as her little Miriam scratched out a hesitant rendition of "Hatikvah" on a shiny new violin. Mrs. Goldberg noticed that a man seated next to her also had tears running down his face. "Isn't it wonderful", she said to him, "to know that our heritage will be carried on by the next generation!"

"I suppose so," he said, "but I'm not Jewish."

"So why the tears?"

"I'm a musician."

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