IRS Audit (# 276)
A certain Synagogue was chosen by the IRS to be audited.
The auditor,while doing all the checks, turned to the Rabbi,"and
said, "I noticed that you buy a lot of candles."
"Yes," answered the Rabbi.
"Well, Rabbi, what do you do with the candle drippings?"
"A good question," noted the Rabbi. "We actually save
them up and when we have enough, we send them back to the candle maker
and every now and then, they send us a free box of candles."
"Oh," replied the auditor somewhat disappointed that his
unusual question actually had a practical answer.
The auditor continued his work, and then decided he'd
fluster the Rabbi
for sure! Cannily, he asked, "Rabbi, what about all these matzo
purchases? What do you do with the crumbs from the
"Ah, yes," replied the Rabbi calmly, "we actually collect up all the
crumbs from the matzo and when we have enough, we send them in a box
back to the manufacturer and every now and then, they send a box of
"Oh," replied the auditor, thinking hard how to undermine the
unflappable Rabbi. "Well, Rabbi," he snapped, "what do
you do with all the foreskins from the circumcisions?"
"Yes, here too, we do not waste," answered the Rabbi,
seemingly unaware of the auditor's mounting frustration.
"What we do is save up all the foreskins, and when we have
enough we actually send them to the
Internal Revenue Service"
"Internal Revenue?!," questioned the auditor in
"Ah, yes," replied the Rabbi, "Internal Revenue ... and
about once a year, they send us
a little prick like you."
JN, San Diego, CA
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