‘The Moscow Patriarch, Israel’s Chief Rabbi and the Dalai Lama are All in Boat’
February 1 – Occasionally a new and memorable anecdote appears in Russia at
precisely the right time. This past month, as Moscow has marked the tenth
anniversary of the enthronement of Patriarch Kirill, one has been circulating
that seems particularly apt not only for what it says about him but also what
it says about Russian attitudes toward other faiths.
Moscow patriarch, the Dalai Lama and the Chief Rabbi of Israel are aboard a boat
on a lake when they suddenly see a café on the shore.The rabbi exclaims “It wouldn’t be a bad thing
to eat something!’ He jumps out of the boat and runs across the surface of the water
to the shore.
watched this, the Dalai Lama also jumps out of the boat and without hurrying
walks on the water toward the rabbi.
Moscow patriarch sits and thinks: ‘How can this be? These two non-Christian are
walking on water as if it were dry land. Should not I, the head of the Moscow
Orthodox Church, God’s representative on earth, not be able to repeat their
jumps out of the boat and immediately sinks to the bottom of the lake.
this, the rabbi looks out at what is happening as says to the Dalai Lama: ‘Probably
we should have told him about the wooden causeway just under the surface?’