There were a group of New York Jews touring several cities in China. One
day in Beijing, they happened down a side street and one spotted a Star of
David hanging in front of what appeared to be a synagogue. With
considerable curiosity, one member of the party stuck his head inside, and
sure enough, it was a synagogue, and a service was in progress. Quietly,
the New Yorkers entered and seated themselves to enjoy the Chinese
When the services came to an end, all the Chinese Jews rose and were filing
out, the Rabbi was out front shaking hands, and thanking members for coming
when he noticed the group of New York Jews.
He smiled and said, "And who might you kind souls be?"
The leader of the New York group explained that they were a group of
American Jews travelling the lovely country of China and were somewhat
surprised to find a synagogue in China, but had thoroughly enjoyed the
At this point, the Chinese Rabbi interrupted and said, "B-b-b-but you don't