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It Could Always Be Worse

It Could Always Be Worse

A Yiddish Folk Tale

by Margot Zemach
Trade Paperback, 32 pages
Price: $7.99

Usually, when you ask a Rabbi for advice, you’d expect a sensible answer. But when a poor unfortunate man complains to the Rabbi that his house is too crowded and small, the Rabbi tells the man to take his chickens and his rooster and keep them in his house with the rest of his family. The man does what the Rabbi says. The result? His house is worse than before!

The man goes running back to the Rabbi, complaining that his house is worse than before. And what does the Rabbi tell him this time? He tells him in addition to the chickens and the rooster to bring his goat to live with them.

With each new addition, the house gets wilder and more crowded, and the man gets more and more desperate. Then the Rabbi tells the man to let all the animals out of the house. And what do you think? The poor unfortunate man didn’t think is house was quite so crowded after all and thanked the wise Rabbi for his advice.

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