A rabbi was walking down the street, when he noticed one of his
congregants...Moishe Pipick..on the other side of the street, entering a Chinese restaurant.
The rabbi crossed the street to peer through the window of the restaurant, to see what his congregant was doing in the traif (non‑kosher) restaurant.
Moishe ordered some spare ribs and some fried shrimp.
The rabbi continued to watch.
Soon, the waiter brought the spare ribs and shrimp. He was eagerly
devouring it with a hearty appetite....
...when the shocked rabbi, no longer able to contain himself, burst into the restaurant to confront him.
"Stop!" the rabbi shouted. "How could you do this? How could you
eat this food? It's ribs and shrimp. It's traif!"
"Hold on, just a second" said the congregant. "Rabbi, did you see me walk into this restaurant?"
"Yes, I did," replied the rabbi.
"Did you see me sit down at this table?"
"Yes, I did," the rabbi again testified.
"Did you see me order my meal?"
"I most certainly did," the rabbi attested.
"Did you see the waiter bring this food to my table?" Moishe asked.
"Yes, I did," the rabbi again affirmed.
"Did you actually see me eating the ribs and the shrimp?" asked Moishe.
"Yes, I did. I watched you the entire time!" exclaimed the rabbi.
"Well, then," Moishe said calmly, "What's the problem, then? It was all done under rabbinical supervision."