The Golden Telephone

While on vacation in Rome, I noticed a marble column in St. Peter’s with a golden telephone on it.  As a young priest passed by, I asked what the telephone was for.  The priest told me it was a direct line to heaven; and if I’d like to call, it would be a thousand dollars.  I was amazed but declined the offer.

Throughout Italy, I kept seeing the same golden telephones on marble columns.  At each, I asked about it; and the answer was always the same:

It was a direct line to heaven; and I could call for a thousand dollars.

  Then – I continued my tour and arrived in Israel.  I decided to attend temple services at a local synagogue.  As I walked to the door, I noticed the same golden telephone.  Underneath it there was a sign stating:  “DIRECT LINE TO HEAVEN – 25 cents.”

“Rabbi,” I said, “I have just been all over Italy; and in all the cathedrals I visited, I’ve seen telephones exactly like this one. 
But the price is always a thousand dollars.  Why is it that this telephone is only 25 cents?

The rabbi smiled and said, “You’re in Israel now … it’s a local call.”

With much affection,

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