The Rabbi and the Soapmaker . . . . . . . . . . . .Anonymous
A rabbi and a soapmaker were walking together. The soapmaker said, "What good is religion? Look at all the trouble and misery of the world! Still there, even after years—thousands of years—of teaching about goodness and truth and peace;
still there, after all the prayers and sermons and teachings; if religion is supposed to be good and true, why can this be?"
The rabbi said nothing, deep in thought. They continued walking until the rabbi noticed children playing. Then the rabbi said, "Look at those children. You say that soap makes children clean, but see the dirt on those children? Of what good is soap? With all the soap in the world, over all these years, the children are filthy. I wonder how effective soap is, after all?"
The soapmaker was quick to protest, "But, Rabbi, soap cannot do any good unless it is used often."
"Exactly!" replied the rabbi.