A shliach told me the following story:
He had met a young Russian fellow, who seemed to enjoy drinking vodka as much as the rabbi. The rabbi had been trying to get this man to start wearing Tefillin.
They decided on a little wager. A drinking game is in order. If the rabbi wins, then the man had to put on Tefillin once a week. It was the other guy's turn to seal the bet. If he wins, then the rabbi must go once a week without a Yarmulka!
"He, he he!" the Shliach laughed as he told this to me. "What a fool. Now there was no way I was going to let him win!"
And so it was. The shliach won, and the guy started putting on tefillin.
Of course, the poor shliach got sick for a week, and won't touch vodka again.
But he now likes whiskey; all's well that ends well!
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