In one of comedian Woody Allen’s routines, he receives a telephone call from a man who says, “We want you to make a Smirnoff Vodka ad for a magazine.” Woody Allen replies, ‘I’m afraid I can’t do that. I don’t drink, and if I did it wouldn’t be vodka. It would be dishonest for me to do the ad. I can’t be hypocritical.” The voice on the other end replies “There’s fifty thousand dollars in it.” And Woody answers, “Just a minute, I’ll call Mr. Allen to the phone.” They talk further. Finally Woody Allen says, “I’ll think about it. Let me call you back.” Then he goes to his Rabbi for counsel. “It definitely would be morally wrong for you to do the ad,” the Rabbi advises. Hearing this, Woody Allen calls the man back and says, “Sorry, I can’t do the ad.” Three weeks later he sees a Smirnoff Vodka magazine ad in which his Rabbi appears, holding up a glass of vodka.…
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