While the source of today’s blog is a little different, I do want to thank Rabbi Mendy Levertov.
One Yom Kippur, a rabbi attempting to stir up a sleepy crowd decided to deliver the provocative message that one day, everyone in the congregation would die. As the room fell silent and congregants marinated in this uncomfortable truth, one man in the front row started laughing loudly. The rabbi, rattled at the moment of his apparent success, stopped and asked the man, “What’s so funny? Didn’t you hear what I said? Everyone in the congregation will die
The man, still laughing, replied, “Yes, Rabbi, but I’m not a member!”