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In a message dated 12/11/03 1:50:08 PM Eastern Standard Time, [log in to unmask]
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Her father and mother were Japanese detainees in Idaho during WW II.  While
in detention he worked at a variety of potato farms.  After being released he
and his wife stayed on in Idaho to become one of the state's most successful
potato farmers.

Peter's Arabic potatoes story was more amusing, but this one is more
impressive.    I have a story, too, a true one about Jerusalem dirt.  There was a
young Israeli Rabbi who moved to America for a few years in order to take some
graduate courses at a University in Massachusetts and to sleep with cool American
woman.  This man, although a Rabbi, was a carefree person who liked to party
sometimes.  In fact, some friends of his in Jerusalem kept him in good supply
of some very high quality Marijuana.  They shipped him grass on a regular
basis.  One day, after the Rabbi had been in America for more than a year, one of
these shipments caught the attention of an FBI pooch.  The FBI opened the
package and then re-sealed it and allowed the package to take its intended course.
 They were, of course, waiting outside of the Rabbi's Boston apartment when
the package arrived.  When the Rabbi arrived home that day, they waited for
about 15 minutes and then raided the apartment.  They found the Rabbi sitting at
the kitchen table, his hands deep in the shipment, an expression of joy on his
face.  When they told him that he was under arrest, the Rabbi asked why.  The
FBI men laughed and indicated the shipment of grass.  The fast thinking Rabbi
said "Is it a crime here to receive dirt from the Holy Land?"  At his trial,
the Rabbi stuck steadfastly to this story, that he assumed that the grass was
dirt from Jerusalem that this friends had sent him to comfort him in his hours
of home sickness.  He was acquitted.