Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Why Russians are masters of chess

A good joke, enjoy !!

After months of negotiation with the authorities, a Talmudist from Odessa was

granted permission to visit Moscow. He boarded the train and found an empty


At the next stop a young man got on and sat next to him. The scholar looked at

the young man and thought: This fellow doesn't look like a peasant, and if he

isn't a peasant he probably comes from this district. If he comes from this

district, then he must be Jewish because this is, after all, a Jewish district.

On the other hand, if he is a Jew, where could he be going? I'm the only Jew in

our district who has permission to travel to Moscow.

Ahh? But just outside Moscow there is a little village called Samvet, and Jews

don't need special permission to go there. But why would he be going to Samvet?

He's probably going to visit one of the Jewish families there, but how many

Jewish families are there in Samvet? Only two - the Bernsteins and the

Steinbergs. The Bernsteins are a terrible family, and a nice looking fellow

like him must be visiting the Steinbergs. But why is he going? The Steinbergs

have only daughters, so maybe he's their son-in-law.

But if he is, then which daughter did he marry? They say that Sarah married a

nice lawyer from Budapest, and Esther married a businessman from Zhitomer, so

it must be Sarah's husband. Which means that his name is Alexander Cohen, if

I'm not mistaken. But if he comes from Budapest, with all the anti-Semitism

they have there, he must have changed his name.

What's the Hungarian equivalent of Cohen? Kovacs. But if they allowed him to

change his name, he must have some special status. What could it be? A

doctorate from the University.

At this point the scholar turns to the young man and says, "How do you do, Dr.


"Very well, thank you, sir." answered the startled passenger. But how is it

that you know my name?"

"Oh," replied the Talmudist, "it was obvious."


Blogger G3 said...

haha! nice post!

BTW, thanks for blog rolling me! Will do the same soon! :)

Thu Jul 07, 07:34:00 AM 2005  
Blogger Jayan said...

@Gayu : U R welcome. If you blogroll me, thank u :) !

Thu Jul 07, 04:20:00 PM 2005  

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