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The Centennial Fund for a Jewish Future

The Rats

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"A synagogue was infested with rats.

The rabbi called in an exterminator, who said he'd get rid of them, but a week later, the rats were back.

The rabbi had the exterminator in again, but a month later, the rats were back. He called in the exterminator for the third time, but this time the exterminator said, 'I don't think I can help you.

These are very stubborn rats.' The rabbi was about to give up, when suddenly an idea came to him. 'I know!' he said. 'I'll just bar mitzvah them all, and then they'll never return!' "