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Half Way to Ending Poverty

retold by Doug Lipman

Rabbi Naftali of Ropchitz was known for his persistence--and for his wit.

One day, he remained in the synagogue an entire morning, praying that the rich would give more of their money to the poor.

When he returned home, his wife asked him, "Were you successful with your prayer?"

Rabbi Naftali answered with a smile, "I am half-way there!"

His wife looked puzzled.

"Oh, yes" he assured her. "The poor have agreed to accept!"

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