Chief Rabbi and the Pope are meeting in Rome. The Pope notices an unusually
fancy phone in the Pope's chamber. "What is that phone for?" he asks
the pontiff. "It's my direct line to the Lord." The Holy Father
insists that the Rabbi try it and indeed he is connected to the Lord. After
hanging up, the Rabbi says, "Thank you very much. This is great. But I want
to pay for my call." The Pope refuses but the Rabbi is steadfast and
finally the Pope gives in, "All right, the charges were 100,000 Liras".
The Rabbi pays.
A few months later, the Pope is in Jerusalem and sees that the Rabbi has a phone identical to his. It is also a direct line to the Lord. The Pope uses the phone and, like the Rabbi, insists on paying for the call. The Rabbi says, "One Shekel 50!" The Pope looks surprised. "Why so cheap?" The Rabbi smiles and says, "Its's a local call."
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