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An Hassidic story

Started by mwelsh, 02/03/2003 10:42AM
Posted 02/03/2003 10:42AM Opening Post
A troubled young man returned to his village after his years at university. He sought out his rabbi for counsel.
"And what troubles you," the Rabbi asked.
"Rebbe, when i was in university, i was a student of Logic," he confided.
"Yes, and so?"
"Well,Rebbe,i have leant that by using Logic one can prove or disprove nearly every point."
"Yes, go on," the Rabbi urged.
"Well, my final examination required me to disprove the existence of G-d, and i was successful."
"And this troubles you deeply," asked the old man.
"Indeed!"
"And by using this Logic, you can prove or disprove the existence of anything?"
The young man sadly nodded his head.
"Well, then," said the Rabbi, "Can you prove to me that you have no nose?"
"Well, yes, i can," replied the student.
"Then, do so!"
The young man opened his mouth to begin, but before he could say a word, the Rabbi reached out and punched the student in the face! He then said,
"So, what hurts?"

-mw.


QUIS CUSTODIET IPSOS CUSTODES?
-Juvenal.

QUID RIDES? MUTATO NOMINE DE TE FABULA NARRATUR.
-Horace.