A Sign from Above

A businessman was in a great deal of trouble. Sales were way down, he had put everything he had into the business, and most of all – he owed everybody and his debts were enormous.

As a last resort he went the rabbi and poured his heart out. When he had finished, the rabbi said, “Here’s what I want you to do: Take a beach chair and a book of Psalms down to the beach. Take the beach chair and the Psalms to the water’s edge, sit down put the Psalms in your lap. Open it, and the wind will turn the pages, come to rest on a page. Look down at the page and read the first thing you see. That will be your answer…”

A year later the businessman went back to the rabbi and brought his wife and children with him. The man was in a new custom-tailored suit, his wife in a mink coat, the children shining.

The businessman pulled an envelope stuffed with money out of his pocket, gave it to the rabbi as a donation in thanks for his advice. The rabbi recognized the benefactor, and was curious.

“You did as I suggested?” he asked.

“Absolutely,” replied the businessman.

“You went to the beach?”

“I did.”

“You sat in a beach chair with the Bible in your lap?”

“Sure.”

“You let the pages turn until they stopped?”

“Of course.”

“Nu?! What were the first words you saw?”

“Chapter 11.”

Courtesy of Gary Pollak in Southern California

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