A Rabbi’s wife was expecting a baby, so he stood before the congregation and asked for a raise. After much discussion, they passed a rule that whenever the Rabbi’s family expanded, so would his paycheck.
After six children, this started to get expensive and the congregation decided to hold another meeting to discuss the Rabbi’s expanding salary. A great deal of yelling and inner bickering ensued, as to how much the Rabbi’s additional children were costing the synagogue, and how much more it could potentially cost.
After listening to them for about an hour, the Rabbi rose from his chair and spoke, ‘Children are a gift from God and we will take as many gifts as He gives us.’
Silence fell on the congregation. In the back of the shul, little old Mrs. Goldberg struggled to stand, and finally said in her frail voice, ‘Rain is also a gift from God, but when we get too much of it, we wear rubbers.’
The entire congregation said, AMEN.