Assimilation A young Talmud scholar who left Poland for America

Assimilation A young Talmud scholar who left Poland for America returnsseveral years later to visit his family. “But where is yourbeard?” asks his mother. “Mama, in America nobody wears abeard.” “But at least you keep the Sabbath?” “Mama, businessis business. In America, people work on the Sabbath.” “Butkosher food you still eat?” “Mama, in America it’s verydifficult to keep kosher.” The old lady hesitates for amoment and then, in a hoarse whisper, she says, “Shloime,tell me one thing. Are you still circumcised?”

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