A particularly favorable case for tendency-wit results if the intended criticism of the inner resistance is directed against one’s own person, or, more carefully expressed, against a person in whom one takes interest, that is, a composite personality such as one’s own people. This determination of self-criticism may make clear why it is that a number of the most excellent jokes of which we have shown here many specimens should have sprung into existence from the soil of Jewish national life. They are stories which were invented by Jews themselves and which are directed against Jewish peculiarities. The Jewish jokes made up by non-Jews are nearly all brutal buffooneries in which the wit is spared by the fact that the Jew appears as a comic figure to a stranger. The Jewish jokes which originate with Jews admit this, but they know their real shortcomings as well as their merits, and the interest of the person himself in the thing to be criticised produces the subjective determination of the wit-work which would otherwise be difficult bring about. Incidentally I do not know whether one often finds a people that makes merry so unreservedly over its own shortcomings.Who new that a infamous מחלל שבת could be motzee us with this Havdala?!?
In any event it points to the tried and true rule that a pinteleh yid is never fully extinguished. In it's dying embers it is yet deathless. In some it finds expression in a compassion and an acute Weltschmerz. In others in a sensitivity to Qedusha and, in Dr. Freuds case, in a sensitivity to Havdala.
Why am I posting this now? המבין יבין
Hat Tip: A Treasury of Jewish Folklore page 265
בא המבדיל והעמידן על אחת
"Those who cannot tolerate Havdala cannot appreciate Qedusha"