|A rabbi, burdened by the importance of his work, went into|
the synagogue to pray. Falling to his knees, he lamented, "O
Lord, I am nothing! I am nothing!"
Just then a Jewish judge passed by and overhearing the
prayer was moved to join the rabbi on his knees. Shortly, he
too, was crying aloud, "O Lord, I too am nothing! I am
The janitor of the temple, awed by the sight of the two men
praying joined them, crying, "O Lord, I also am nothing! I am
At this, the judge nudged the rabbi and said, "Now look who
thinks he's nothing!"