Arnold is very nervous as he goes up to his girlfriend’s father and says, “Mr. Joseph, you know I’ve been dating your daughter, Esther, for over 9 months now. Well I’m happy to tell you that we’ve both fallen madly in love with each other and want to get married. I’m here to ask you kindly for your daughter’s hand in marriage. What do you say?”
“What do I say?” beams the father. “This is what I say. Mazeltov, my boy! I’ve been waiting for this to happen for some time. Of course, you can marry Esther, but only on one condition.”
“What condition is that?” asks Arnold, looking a bit worried.
“On condition that the hand you’re asking for, replies the father, with a mischievous grin, “is the hand that is always in my pocket.”