sondheim at panix.com
Mon Oct 26 00:28:27 CET 2020
return to the oud after several months,
we waited carefully for each other, then danced
today's Unix Fortune:
Shamus, n. [Yiddish]:
A shamus is a guy who takes care of handyman tasks around
the temple, and makes sure everything is in working order.
A shamus is at the bottom of the pecking order of
synagogue functionaries, and there's a joke about that:
A rabbi, to show his humility before God, cries out in
the middle of a service, "Oh, Lord, I am nobody!" The cantor,
not to be bested, also cries out, "Oh, Lord, I am nobody!"
The shamus, deeply moved, follows suit and cries, "Oh,
Lord, I am nobody!" The rabbi turns to the cantor and says,
"Look who thinks he's nobody!"
-- Arthur Naiman, "Every Goy's Guide to Yiddish"
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