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Henry Rich wrote:

David's watch was not working. He remembered passing a little shop with clocks and watches in the window, so he took the watch in for repair.

"Can I help you?" asked the man behind the counter.

"I want this watch repaired," said David.

"I'm sorry. I don't repair watches."

"Well, how much for a new one then?" asked David.

"I don't sell watches."

"You don't sell watches?"

"No, I don't sell watches."

"Clocks, you sell clocks then? How much for a clock?"

"I don't sell clocks."

David was getting exasperated. "You don't sell watches, you don't sell clocks?"

"No, I'm a mohel [a person who does circumcisions]," replied the man.

"Then why do you have all those clocks and watches in the window?"

"If you were a mohel, tell me, what would you put in your window?"

Anyway, I thought it would provide better entertainment than most things I could put there.