Abie and Sadie had a religious goods store on Delancey Street on the lower east
side of NYC. The neighborhood was changing. The Jews were moving to Westchester
and the Hispanics were moving in.
"Abie, we have to move to Westchester," said Sadie.
"We can't", said Abie. "This neighborhood is our life. We've been
here for thirty-three years. Maybe we can start stocking Catholic articles
Sadie says, "What? Catholic articles? Bistu in gantzen meshuggeh?
We're Jews. No Catholic articles!!!"
Well, a month passed and they sold nothing but two tallisim, three mezuzim, and
one set of tefillin. Now was the time to fish or cut bait.
Sadie agreed that they had to stock Catholic articles, so she said to
Abie,"OK, call that Catholic supply house on Park Avenue."
"Hello, Catholic supply house on Park Avenue? This is Abie and Sadie's on
Delancey Street. I want one hundred autographed pictures of the Pope, two
hundred of those beads - what do you call them, rosaries?, five hundred crucifixes...
and I need those things here tomorrow."
"OK, Sir. I got your order. Let me read it back. One hundred autographed
pictures of the Pope, two hundred sets of rosaries and five hundred crucifixes.
But, tomorrow we don't deliver. Iit's Shabbas."
by Bruce Lowitt,