Thursday, March 7, 2013

The Funniest Rabbis in Cleveland: Rabbi Lauren Werber on Cultural Differences in Dining Etiquette


Continuing our series on the Funniest Rabbi in Cleveland, in today's episode Rabbi Lauren Werber, spiritual leader of Temple B'nai Abraham, takes to the stage to deliver her standup comedy routine.

Starting off by explaining that she often counsels couples who are considering intermarriage, she goes into a funny description of the cultural differences that show up in restaurant dining habits. She contrasts dining etiquette using examples of  Jews (her relatives of Eastern European origin) and rural North Carolina Southern Baptists (members of her husband's family.)

For example,she tells of the odd behavior of the Southern Baptists:
- When they are shown a table, they accept it even if there's a draft or if it's in the center of the room.
- They sit without complaining.
- They actually order items from the menu. Then they talk.
- When they talk, one is talking at a time. And they actually pause to let someone else talk.
- They plan on going to a movie, and they all agree on what to see.

Then she describes the scene as her 15 congregants go to the same restaurant and bring the server to tears with the 15 different ways they want their water. 

Finally, she tells one of our favorite jokes, The Cow From Minsk, the joke that always brings the house down with laughter.

Enjoy!

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