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Today, 135 years ago, in the year 1885, Sir Moses Montefiore passed away in the beach town, Ramsgate.

Montefiore was renowned for his quick and sharp wit. A popularly circulated anecdote, possibly apocryphal, relates that at a dinner party he was once seated next to a nobleman who was known to be an anti-Semite. The nobleman told Montefiore that he had just returned from a trip to Japan, where “they have neither pigs nor Jews.” Montefiore is reported to have responded immediately, “in that case, you and I should go there, so it will have a sample of each”

Source: William Novak, The Big Book of Jewish Humor, page 83.

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