A Jewish man has been in business for many, many years, and the business is literally going down the drain, with the changes in the economy as well as the changes in technology and the way of life.
The man is seriously contemplating suicide, and he doesn’t know what to do.
In desperation, he goes to his Rabbi to seek advice.
He tells the Rabbi about all of his problems in the business, and asks the Rabbi what he should do.
The Rabbi says “Take a beach chair and a Bible, and put them in your car. Then, drive down to the edge of the ocean. Go to the water’s edge. Take the beach chair out of the car, sit on it and take the Bible out and open it up. The wind will riffle the pages for a while and eventually the Bible will stay open at a particular page. Read the first words your eyes fall on and they will tell you what to do.”
Well, the man does as he is told.
He places a beach chair and a Bible in his car, and drives down to the beach.
He sits on the chair at the water’s edge and opens the bible.
The wind riffles the pages of the Bible, and then stops at a particular page.
The man looks down at the Bible, and his eyes fall on words which tell him what he has to do.
Three months later, the man and his family come back to see the Rabbi.
The man is wearing a $1,000 Italian suit. The wife is all decked out with a full-length mink coat, and their daughter is dressed in beautiful silk.
The man hands the Rabbi a thick envelope full of money, and tells him that he wants to donate this money to the synagogue, in order to thank the Rabbi for his wonderful advice.
The Rabbi is delighted.
He recognizes the man, and asks him what words in the Bible brought this good fortune to him.
The man replies: “Chapter 11”.
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