Presidential Honors

Jack Rabinowitz was the President of the Beth David Congregation for many years. As President of the shul, he received Shlishi every Shabbos. After a long term in office, the shul decided that it was time for fresh blood, and installed a new President. The new President, as was his right, would receive Shlishi every Shabbos.

Rabinowitz was furious: "I won't give any more money to this shul," he said. "Not one red cent."

The shul Board was fit to be tied, for Rabinowitz was one of the shul's biggest contributors. It was agreed that a delegation would be sent to speak with him.

"Look, Jack," urged Sam Cohen, "we can give you a different aliya every Shabbos. You can have Revii or even Shishi. Just not Shlishi." But Rabinowitz wouldn't budge. After several attempts to persuade him, Cohen said, "Jack, tell us what's wrong."

Rabinowitz looked Cohen in the eye and said, "Sam, it took me years to learn the brachos for Shlishi. There's no way I'm going through that again for Revii or Shishi!"

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