The Perfect Gift (# 172)
Four Jewish brothers left home for college, and they became
successful doctors and lawyers and prospered. Some years later, they
chatted after having dinner together. They discussed the gifts that they
were able to give to their elderly mother who lived far away in another
The first said, "I had a big house built for Mama."
The second said, "I had a hundred thousand dollar theater built in
The third said, "I had my Mercedes dealer deliver her an SL600 with a
The fourth said, "Listen to this. You know how Mama loved reading the
Torah and you know she can't read it anymore because she can't see very
well. I met this Rabbi who told me about a parrot that can recite the entire Torah.
It took twenty rabbis 12 years to teach him. I had to pledge to
contribute $100,000 a year for twenty years to the temple, but it was
worth it. Mama just has to name the chapter and verse and the parrot
will recite it."
The other brothers were impressed.
After the holidays Mom sent out her Thank You notes. She
wrote: "Milton, the house you built is so huge. I live in only one
room, but I have to clean the whole house. Thanks anyway."
Menachim, you give me an expensive theater with Dolby sound, it
could hold 50 people, but all my friends are dead, I've lost my
hearing and I'm nearly blind. I'll never use it. Thank you for the
gesture just the same
"Marvin, I am too old to travel. I stay home, I have my groceries
delivered, so I never use the Mercedes... and the driver you hired is a
Nazi. The thought was good. Thanks."
"Dearest Melvin, you were the only son to have the good sense to give a
little thought to your gift. The chicken was delicious. Thank you."
SK, Leawood, Ks
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