By Adam Cohen, December 13, 2010
A stockbroker and rabbi arrive in heaven, where they are met by the angel Gabriel. The broker receives a silk robe and golden staff, the rabbi a nylon robe and wooden stick.
The rabbi says to Gabriel: "I don't want to quibble, but why does the broker seem to get preferential treatment? I served God all my life."
Gabriel answers: "In heaven, we work on performance. While you spoke, your congregants slept. While he worked, his clients prayed."