The Sages of Chelm

How clever they are!

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The Fire

A fire broke out one night in the city of Chelm and all the inhabitants rushed to the fiercely burning building to extinguish the blaze. When the conflagration had been put out, the rabbi mounted a table and addressed the citizens:

"My friends, this fire was a miracle sent from heaven above."

There were murmurs of surprise in the crowd, and the rabbi hastened to explain.

"Look at it this way," he said. "If it were not for the bright flames, how would we have been able to see how to put the fire out on such a dark night?"

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