A fleeing Taliban, desperate for water, was plodding through the
Afghanistan desert when he saw something far off in the distance.
Hoping to find water, he walked toward the object, only to find a little
old Jewish man sitting at a card table with neckties laid out on it.
The Arab asked, "My thirst is killing me. Do you have water?"
The Jewish man replied, "I have no water. Would you like to buy a tie?
They are only $150. This one goes very nicely with your robes."
The Arab shouted, "Idiot! I do not need an overpriced tie. I need
"OK," said the old Jew, "it does not matter that you do not want to buy
a tie. I will show you that you have not offended me. If you walk over
that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a lovely
restaurant. Go! Walk that way! The restaurant has all the water you
The Arab staggered away toward the hill and eventually disappeared.
Four hours later the Arab came crawling back to where the Jewish man
was sitting at his table.
The Jew said, "I told you, about two miles over that hill. Could you
not find it?"
"I found it all right," rasped the Arab. "Your brother won't let me in
without a tie."