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They ask the same thing to Rabbi (Jewish teacher of Torah), but Rabbi’s answers are opposite. How does that happen?
Chris and Jim are walking to services.
Chris asks, “I wonder whether it would be all right to smoke while praying?”
“Why don’t you ask the rabbi?” says Jim.
Chris sees the Rabbi and asks, “Rabbi, is it permissible for me to smoke while I pray?”
“No, you may not. That’s utterly disrespectful to our tradition!” answers the rabbi.
Chris goes back to his friend and tells him what the good Rabbi told him.
“I’m not surprised. You asked the wrong question. Let me try.
Jim goes over to the Rabbi and asks, “Rabbi, would it be ok if I prayed while I smoke?”
To which the Rabbi eagerly replies, “By all means, my good man. By all means.”
If someone doesn’t listen to you, don’t just stick to the same old approach forever. Take another path – a path to transform his/her thought paradigm from a different angle.