THE JEWISH FUNERAL
Morris died. His will provided $50,000 for an elaborate funeral.
As the last attendees left, Morris’s wife Rose turned to her oldest friend Sadie and said, ‘Well, I’m sure Morris would be pleased.’ ‘I’m sure you’re right,’ replied Sadie, who leaned in close to her friend
and lowered her voice to a whisper. ‘Tell me, how much did it really cost?’
‘All of it,’ said Rose. ‘Fifty thousand.’
‘No!’ Sadie exclaimed. ‘I mean, it was very nice, but really… $50,000?’
Rose nodded. ‘The funeral was $6,500. I donated $500 to the shul for the Rabbi’s services. The Shiva food and drinks were another $500. The rest went for the memorial stone.’
Sadie computed quickly. ‘$42,500 for a memorial stone?
Oy vey, how big is it?’
‘Five and a half carats’