Herschel Mendelbaum goes to the Boston Police Department and applies for a job. He’s interviewed by Sergeant O’Leary, who concludes by saying, “You will be a strong candidate for the job if you can tell me who killed Jesus.”
“Sorry, I don’t know,” answered Herschel.
“Come on now,” winked Sergeant O’Leary. “Everybody knows who really killed Jesus!”
“Sorry – I still don’t know,” said Mendelbaum.
“Tell you what I’ll do,” O’Leary said. “You go home and ask all your little Jew friends who killed Jesus. Come back after St. Patrick’s Day and if you can tell me the answer, the job is yours!”
Mendelbaum got home and his wife asked, “Did you get the job?”
He answered, “Not yet, but I think I’ve got the inside track. They’ve already got me working on a big murder case!”
aaaaand…. Happy Hanukkah for those who celebrate religious intolerance! (“… everyone agrees that the Maccabees won out in the end and imposed their version of Judaism on the formerly Hellenized Jews. So Hanukkah, in essence, commemorates the triumph of fundamentalism over cosmopolitanism.”)