It’s Sunday evening and Rabbi Levy is in deep conversation with his friend.
“I must tell you something, Moshe,” he says, “I made nine people very, very happy today.”
“A mitzvah*, Rabbi, a true mitzvah,” says Moshe, “but tell me – how did you manage to achieve this?”
“I performed four marriage ceremonies in my shul this afternoon,” replies Rabbi Levy.
Moshe is puzzled. “I can see how you made eight people happy, Rabbi, but what about the ninth?”
“Do you really believe I did all this for free?” replies Rabbi Levy.
*Mitzvah = a moral deed performed as a religious duty