Call to Heaven
While on my last vacation we stopped in Rome for a
I noticed a marble column in St. Peter's with a golden telephone
As a young priest passed by, I asked who the telephone was for.
The priest told me it was a direct line to heaven, and if I'd like
it would be a thousand dollars. I was amazed, but declined
Throughout Italy, in all the cathedrals, I kept seeing the same golden
on a marble column. At each I asked about it and the answer
was always the same:
It was a direct line to heaven and I could call
for a thousand dollars.
Then we continued our tour and arrived in Israel. While visiting the
I noticed the golden telephone. Underneath it was a sign
DIRECT LINE TO HEAVEN: 25 cents."
I asked a rabbi about it. "Rabbi," I said, "I have been
all over Italy and in all the
cathedrals I visited, I've seen telephones
exactly like this one. But the price is
always a thousand dollars.
Why is it that this one is only 25 cents?"
The rabbi smiled and said, "You're in Israel now. It's a local