A town in Poland had only one cow and it stopped giving milk.
The townspeople did a little research and discovered they could
get a cow from Moscow for 2000 rubles - or one from Minsk for
only 1000 rubles. So, naturally, --- they got the cow from
It was a great cow: had a wonderful disposition, and gave lots
of milk and lots of cream. Everybody loved it dearly. The people
decided they would mate the cow and get more cows like it,
and then they would never have to worry about their milk supply
So they got a bull and led the cow and the bull into the pasture.
When the bull came in from the right to mount the cow, the
cow moved to the left. When the bull moved in to mount the
cow from the left, the cow moved to the right. This went on all
Finally, in desperation, the people decided to go ask the rabbi
what to do. After all he was very wise.
They told him the story. "Rabbi, we've tried all day to mate our
cow. When the bull moves in from the right the cow moves left
and when the bull moves in from the left the cow moves to the
right. What do we do?"
The Rabbi thought a moment and asked, "Did you buy this cow
"Rabbi!" they replied as one, "You are so wise! We never said
we bought the cow from Minsk. How did you know that?"
The Rabbi said, sadly, "My wife is from Minsk."