Star-crossed beggars

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    Two beggars are sitting side by side on a street in Rome. One has a Cross in front of him, the other is holding the Star of David. Many people go by, look at both beggars, but only put money into the hat of the beggar sitting behind the Cross.

    A bishop stops to watch the throngs of people giving money to the beggar who holds the Cross, while none give money to the beggar holding the Star of David. Finally the bishop approaches the beggar with the Star and says, “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, especially when you’re sitting beside a beggar who is holding the Cross. In fact they would probably give more money to him just out of spite.”

    With that, the bishop turns and walks away. The beggar with the Star of David turns to his fellow beggar and says, “Moishe, look who’s trying to teach the Goldstein brothers about marketing!"
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