The Tax Man
At the end of the tax year the Tax Office sent an inspector to audit the
books of a Synagogue.
While he was checking the books he turned to the Rabbi and said, "I notice
you buy a lot of candles. What do you do with the candle drippings?"
Good question, noted the Rabbi. "We save them up and send them back to the
candle makers, and every now and then they send us a free box of candles."
"Oh," replied the auditor, somewhat disappointed that his unusual question
had a practical answer. But on he went, in his obnoxious way: "What about
all these bread-wafer purchases? What do you do with the crumbs?"
Ah, yes," replied the Rabbi, realizing that the inspector was trying to trap
him with an unanswerable question. "We collect them and send them back to
the manufactures, and every now and then they send us a free box of
"I see," replied the auditor, thinking hard about how he could fluster the
"know-it-all" Rabbi. "Well, Rabbi," he went on, "what do you do with all the
leftover foreskins from the circumcisions you perform?"
"Here, too, we do not waste," answered the Rabbi. "What we do is save all
the foreskins and send them to the Tax Office, and about once a year they
send us a complete dick!"