The Western Wall
A journalist assigned to the Jerusalem bureau has an appartment overlooking
the Western Wall. Every day when she looks out, she sees an old bearded
Jewish man praying vigorously.
She was 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 eradication of illness and disease from the earth. And very,
very important, I pray for peace and understanding between the Israelis and
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 ******* wall."