Bill Gates (about as non-Jewish as anybody can be) advertised for a new chairman of Microsoft Europe.
5,000 candidates show up at the job screening. They are assembled in a large room.
Among them is Maurice Cohen, a French Jew, a small, bearded, bespectacled man.
Bill Gates thanks the candidates for coming, but asks all those who are not familiar with the JAVA programming language to leave; 2,000 people rise and leave the room.
Maurice Cohen says to himself, “I do not know this language, but what have I got to lose if I stay? I’ll give it a try”.
Bill Gates then asks all those who have no experience of managing teams of more than 100 people to leave. Another 2,000 people go.
Maurice Cohen says to himself, “I have never managed anybody but myself, but what have I got to lose if I stay? What can happen to me?”
Then Bill Gates asks all candidates who do not have outstanding academic qualifications to rise and leave; 500 people remove themselves.
Maurice Cohen says to himself, “I left school at 15, but what have I got to lose if I stay?” So he stays in the room.
Lastly, Bill Gates asks all of the candidates who do not speak the Serbo-Croat language to rise and leave; 498 people rise and leave the room. Maurice Cohen says to himself, “I do not speak Serbo-Croat, but what the hell! I’ll learn it. Have I got anything to lose?” He finds himself alone with one other candidate.
Everyone else has gone. Bill Gates joins them and says: “Apparently, you are the only two candidates who know JAVA, have managed large teams of employees, have advanced PhD degrees, and who can speak Serbo-Croatian. I’d like to hear you converse with one another in Serbo-Croation”.
Calmly, Maurice turns to the other candidate and says to him, “Baruch ata Adonai”. The other candidate answers, “Elohénu melech ha’olam”.