A lawyer and two friends, a rabbi and a Hindu holy man, had car trouble in the countryside.
Luckily they saw a farm building close-by and went over and asked the farmer if they could spend the night at his farm.
The farmer said, “There might be a problem; you see, I only have room for two to sleep, so one of you must sleep in the barn.”
“No problem,” chimed the rabbi. “My people wandered in the desert for forty years. I am humble enough to sleep in the barn for a night.” With that, he departed to the barn and the others bedded down for the night.
A few minutes later, a knock was heard at the door, and the farmer opened it. There stood the rabbi from the barn.
“What’s wrong?” asked the farmer.
The rabbi replied, “I’m grateful to you, but I can’t sleep in the barn. There is a pig in the barn, and my faith believes that is an unclean animal.”
His Hindu friend agreed to swap places with him. But a few minutes later, the same scene recurred. There was a knock on the door.
“What’s wrong now?” the farmer asked.
The Hindu holy man replied, “I too am grateful for your helping us out, but there is a cow in the barn, and in my religion cows are considered sacred. I can’t sleep on holy ground!”
Well, that left only the lawyer to make the change. He grumbled and complained, but he went out to the barn.
Moments later, there was another knock on the farmer’s door.
Frustrated and tired, the farmer opened the door, and there stood… the pig and the cow.