A few minutes before the Kol Nidre was to begin, the congregation was sitting attentively awaiting the beginning of the service. Suddenly, the Malchamovitz (Satan or the Angel of Death) appeared at the front of the congregation.
Everyone started screaming and running for the exit, trampling each other in a frantic effort to get away from evil incarnate. Soon the Shul was empty except for one elderly gentleman who sat calmly, seemingly oblivious to the fact that God’s ultimate enemy was in his presence.
So Satan walked up to the man and said, “Do you know who I am ?”
In true Yiddish form, the man replied, “Do you know who I am?”
“Aren’t you afraid of me?” Satan asked.
“Hapsolutely not” said the man.
“Don’t you realize I can kill you without a word ?” asked Satan.
“Be my guest” replied the old man, in an even tone.
“Don’t you know that I can cause you profound horrifying agony for all eternity?” persisted Satan.
“Ein kleinikit” (big deal) was the man’s calm reply.
“And you are still not afraid ?” asked Satan.
“A nechtagine tugh” (no way!) said the old man.
More than a little perturbed, Satan asked, “Why is it you’re not afraid of me?”
“Because” the man calmly replied, “I’ve been married to your sister for 62 years!”