One day in Texas
A Jewish man passing through Texas on business checked into a rooming house in a frontier town. Not to be conspicuous, he dressed in Western attire and went into the only saloon in town. He was surrounded by men in cowboy clothes, wearing six shooters and looking very gruff. He ordered a beer.
While sipping his beer and trying to be as inconspicuous as possible, the biggest, burliest, scroungiest looking man walks in and proclaims, "Ah hears there is a Jew in here!"
The Jewish man cringes and says nothing.
"Ah know you're in here and you better speak up," says the Texan.
The Jewish man knows that sooner or later he'll have to face up to the man and accept the consequences of being Jewish in this remote place.
He stands up proudly and says, "I AM A JEW!"
The Texan stares at him angrily. "What the HELL are you hiding for? Come with me, ah needs you for a minyan!"
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