Was Adam Jewish?

Young Abie Levinson said, "Papa, was Adam Jewish?"

Mr. Levinson put down his newspaper and thought for a moment. He was an expert at Talmudic reasoning and the art of making a point by an unanswerable question.

He said, "If we can determine that Eve was Jewish, my son, we would at once see that Adam was Jewish, for who but a Jew could bring himself to marry a Jewish girl?" (Here he turned his head a bit nervously to make sure Mrs. Levinson wasn't listening.) "Therefore, we drop the Adam problem and ask ourselves instead: "Was Eve Jewish?"

"To answer that we have only to ask the question: Would anyone but a Jewish girl say, 'Here, have a piece of fruit'?"



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