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GREAT DEBATE - The Power of Communication

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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago
The Power of Communication

Several centuries ago, the Pope decreed that all the Jews
had to convert to Catholicism or leave Italy . There was a
huge outcry from the Jewish community, so the Pope offered
a deal. He'd have a religious debate with the leader of
the Jewish community. If the Jews won, they could stay in
Italy ; if the Pope won, they'd have to convert or

The Jewish people met and picked an aged and wise rabbi to
represent them in the debate. However, as the rabbi spoke
no Italian, and the Pope spoke no Yiddish; they agreed that
it would be a 'silent' debate.

On the chosen day the Pope and rabbi sat opposite each

The Pope raised his hand and showed three fingers.

The rabbi looked back and raised one finger.

Next, the Pope waved his finger around his head.

The rabbi pointed to the ground where he sat.
The Pope brought out a communion wafer and a chalice of

The rabbi pulled out an apple.

With that, the Pope stood up and declared himself beaten
and said that the rabbi was too clever. The Jews could stay
in Italy .
Later the cardinals met with the Pope and asked him what
had happened. The Pope said, 'First I held up three
fingers to represent the Trinity. He responded by holding
up a single finger to remind me there is still only one God
common to both our beliefs.

'Then, I waved my finger around my head to show him
that God was all around us. He responded by pointing to the
ground to show that God was also right here with us.

'I pulled out the wine and wafer to show that God
absolves us of all our sins. He pulled out an apple to
remind me of the original sin.

'He bested me at every move and I could not

Meanwhile, the Jewish community gathered to ask the rabbi
how he'd won.

'I haven't a clue' the rabbi said. 'First,
he told me that we had three days to get out of Italy , so
I gave him the finger.

'Then he tells me that the whole country would be
cleared of Jews and I told him that we were staying right

And then what?' asked a woman.

'Who knows?' said the rabbi. 'He took out his
lunch so I took out mine.'
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8y, 3m agoPosted 8 years, 3 months ago

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