|March 6, 2002
Praying for peace
A journalist assigned to the Jerusalem bureau has an apartment overlooking the Western
Wall. Every day when she looks out, she sees an old bearded Jewish man praying vigorously.
Certain he would be a good interview subject; the journalist goes down to the Wall
and introduces herself to the old man. She asks, "You come every day to the
Wall. Sir, how long have you done that and what are you praying for?"
The old man replies, "I have come here to pray every day for 25 years. In the
morning I pray for world peace and for the brotherhood of man. I go home have a cup
of tea, and I come back and pray for the abdication of illness and disease from
the earth. And very, very important, I pray for peace and understanding between
the Israelis and Palestinians."
The journalist is impressed. "How does it make you feel to come here every day
for 25 years and pray for these wonderful things?" she asks.
The old man replies, calmly, "Like I'm talking to a freaking wall."
Thanks to Pedram
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