There Once Was a Rabbi From Chełm...

Chełm’s Jewish population was killed during WWII, but the Jewish community has left its legacy in one especially unexpected way. The people of Chełm once played the role of the good-natured hick in the rich tradition of Eastern European Jewish humour. Back in the day, many a joke would start with ‘there once was a rabbi from Chełm…’ followed by an absurd tale ending with guffaws from the crowd.