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When Roni Bar-On was finance minister, people would periodically come to him to request additions to the budget. Bar-On wanted to guard the public purse, but he also didn't want to offend the applicants too much. So he used to tell them a story by Shalom Aleichem about the Jews of Chelm, who would eat delicious knishes every night until their stomachs were almost ready to burst, then wake up in the morning...