Telepathy

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You possibly wouldn't think of Sigmund Freud (1856-1939), Austrian psychiatrist and founder of psychoanalysis, as a humorous individual. In that you'd be wrong. At least one of Freud's works has quite a number of intentionally humorous pieces, together with a few none too subtle pokes at popular misconceptions. Here's one, as told in his "Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious." It has a Jewish setting as Freud himself was a Jew:

The well-known Rabbi Nathan was in the synagogue of Krakow when he suddenly screamed.

"Why did you howl like that?" asked his startles pupils.

"I couldn't help it," declared Rabbi Nathan. "Just a few moments ago the great Rabbi Solomon of Lemburg died."

The entire congregation marveled at this demonstration of the rabbi's telepathic powers and immediately went into mourning.

A few days later, however, a group of Lemburg Jews arrived in the city and took issue with Rabbi Nathan.

"We just left Rabbi Solomon," they proclaimed. "He is in perfect health."

At last it became clear that the telepathic communication was in error, and the Jews of Lemburg seized upon the opportunity to ridicule the rabbi of Krakow.

"Your rabbi made a fool of himself when he said that he saw Rabbi Solomon die. Our rabbi is still alive."

"What does it matter?" replied one of Rabbi Nathan's students. "Isn't is amazing enough that he was able to reach telepathically all the way from Krakow to Lemburg ..."

----------------A Final Thought ...

"Idiot, n. A member of a large and powerful tribe whose influence in human affairs has always been dominant and controlling. The Idiot's activity is not confined to any special field of thought or action, but 'pervades and regulates the whole.' He has the last word in everything; his decision is unappealable. He sets the fashions and opinion of taste, dictates the limitations of speech and circumscribes conduct with a dead-line."

- Ambrose Gwinett Bierce (1842-1914?), US author, editor, cynic: The Devil's Dictionary (1881-1906)