Three Jewish men fleeing the pogroms in eastern Europe get to know one another on the ship to America. When they reach Ellis Island, they agree to reunite in 20 years to see how they all fared in the land of opportunity.
Two decades later, they meet again.
Silverman says, “When I arrived, I had no idea how I’d make a living. So I looked up Silvermans in the phone book and actually found a distant relative. He was in the silver business and he took me on. After a few years, I married his daughter and became a partner. Now I have a house in the city and another in the mountains. Baruch Hashem, I can’t complain. How about you, Goldstein?”
“Believe it or not, same story. I found a relative in the gold business, worked hard, married his daughter and became a partner. Today I live on the top floor of a building I own and Baruch Hashem my grandchildren don’t worry how they’ll pay for college. How about you, Taylor?”
“I too had no idea how I’d make a living. Despite my name, I never trained as a tailor and it sounded like a lot of work for not a lot of money. So I went to shul and prayed. I said, ‘God, if you make me a prosperous man, I promise to make you my partner.'”
“Nu? So what happened?”
“What do you mean, what happened? You never heard of Lord & Taylor?”
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