Sam died. His will provided $50,000 for an elaborate funeral.

As the last attendees left, Sam’s wife Rose turned to her oldest friend
Sadie and said:

“Well, I’m sure Sam would be pleased."

“I’m sure you’re right,” replied Sadie, who leaned in close and lowered her
voice to a whisper.

“Tell me, how much did it really cost ?"

“All of it,” said Rose. “Fifty thousand."

“No !” Sadie exclaimed. “I mean, it was very nice, but
really… $50,000 ?"

Rose nodded. “The funeral was $6,500. I donated $500 to the shul for the
Rabbi’s services. The shiva food and drinks were another $500. The rest went
for the memorial stone."

Sadie computed quickly. “$42,500 for a memorial stone ? Oy vey, how big is
it ?"

“Five and a half carats.”


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