The Atheist and the Bear

An atheist was taking a walk through the woods. What majestic trees! What powerful rivers! What beautiful animals ! he said to himself.

As he was walking alongside the river he heard a rustling in the bushes behind him. He turned to look. He saw a 7 foot grizzly charge towards him. He ran as fast as he could up the path. He looked over his shoulder and saw that the bear was closing in on him. He looked over his shoulder again, and the bear was even closer. His heart was pumping frantically and he tried to run even faster. He tripped and fell on the ground. He rolled over to pick himself up but saw the bear right on top of him, reaching for him with his left paw and using his right paw to strike him.

At that instant the Atheist cried out: Oh my God!...

Time stopped. The bear froze. The forest was silent. As a bright light shone upon the man, a voice came out of the sky : You deny my existence for all of these years, teach others I don't exist, and even credit creation to a cosmic accident. Do you expect me to help you out of this predicament? Am I to count you as a believer ?

The Atheist looked directly into the light : It would be hypocritical of me to suddenly ask You to treat me as a Christian now, but perhaps could you make the Bear a Christian ?

Very well, said the voice. The light went out. And the sounds of the forest resumed.

And then the bear dropped his right paw, brought both paws together and bowed his head and spoke : Lord, Bless this food which I am about to receive and for which I am truly thankful.


Notre tradition

Il y a longtemps, dans une synagogue d'Odessa avait lieu un service religieux.
La moitié des présents s'est mise debout, et l'autre moitié est restée assise.
Les assis ont commencé à réclamer que les autres se rassoient, et ceux qui étaient debout ont réclamé que les autres suivent leur exemple...
Le rabbin, qui ne savait pas quoi faire, décida de s'adresser au fondateur de la synagogue, le vieux Moïché. Il invita un représentant de chaque fraction, et ils allèrent tous chez Moïché pour lui demander conseil.
Le représentant des "debout" demanda :
- Être debout pendant le service – est-ce notre tradition ?
Moïché répondit :
- Non, ce n'est pas notre tradition.
Le représentant des "assis", tout content, demanda :
- Alors, se tenir assis pendant le service – est-ce notre tradition ?
Moïché répondit :
- Non, ce n'est pas notre tradition.
Le rabbin, perplexe, dit :
- Mais... pendant le service, une moitié se met debout et l'autre reste assise, et les querelles s'ensuivent...
- Voilà! - dit le vieux Moïché. - Ça, c'est notre tradition !