Sam died. His will provided $50,000 for an elaborate funeral.
As the last attenders 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 food and drinks were another $500.
And the rest went towards the memorial stone.”
Sadie computed quickly. “$42,500 for a memorial stone? Oy vey, how big is it?”
“Seven and a half carats.”