During the Afghan war when Zaid Hamid was running from the Russians:
A fleeing Zaid Hamid, desperate for water, was plodding through the Afghan desert when he saw something far off in the distance.
Hoping to find water, he hurried toward the oasis, only to find a little old Jewish man at a small stand, selling ties.
Zaid Hamid asked, “Do you have water?”
The Jewish man replied, “I have no water. Would you like to buy a tie?
They are only $5.”
Zaidu shouted, “Idiot! I do not need an over-priced tie. I need water! I should kill you, but I must find water first!”
“OK,” said the old Jewish man, “It does not matter that you do not want to buy a tie and that you hate me. I will show you that I am bigger than that. If you continue over that hill to the east for about two miles, you will find a lovely restaurant. It has all the ice cold water you need. Shalom.”
Cursing, Zaidu staggered away over the hill.
Several hours later he staggered back, almost dead and said,
“Your brother won’t let me in without a tie!”