Two beggars were sitting side by side on a street in Rome. One had a cross in front of him, the other had the Star of David.
Picture the scene. It was a busy street with many people passing by, who stopped to look at both beggars, but only put money into the hat of the beggar who was sitting behind the cross.
After a while, a priest came by, stopped and watched throngs of people giving money to the beggar behind the cross, but none to the beggar behind the Star of David.
Finally, the priest went over to the beggar behind the Star of David and said to him, “My poor fellow, don’t you understand? This is a Catholic country. This city is the seat of Catholicism. People aren’t going to give you money if you sit there with a Star of David in front of you, especially when you are sitting beside a beggar who has a cross. In fact, they would probably give to him just out of spite”.
The beggar behind the Star of David listened to the priest, then turned to the other beggar with the cross and said, “Moishe, look who’s trying to teach the Goldstein brothers about marketing”.
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