Who’s the Greatest?

A young Jewish boy started attending public school in a small southern town. The teacher of the one-room school decided to use her position to try to influence the new student. She asked the class, “Who was the greatest man that ever lived?”

A girl raised her hand and said, “I think George Washington was the greatest man that ever lived because he is the Father of our country.”

The teacher replied, “Well, that’s a good answer, but that’s not the answer I am looking for.”

Another young student raised his hand and said, “I think Abraham Lincoln was the greatest man that lived because he freed the slaves and helped end the civil war.”

“Well, that’s another good answer, but that is not the one I was looking for.”

Then the new Jewish boy raised his hand and said, “I think Jesus Christ was the greatest man that ever lived.”

The teacher’s mouth drops open in astonishment. “Yes!” she says, “that’s the answer I was looking for.” She then brings him up to the front of the classroom and gives him a lollipop.

Later, during recess, another Jewish boy approached him as he licked his lollipop and said, “Why on earth did you say, ‘Jesus Christ’?”

The boy stopped licking his lollipop and replied, “I know it’s Moses, and YOU know it’s Moses, but business is business!”

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