Yes, it was intended as a joke, and, as noted, a lame one at that.
Basically, i found Terry's story charming and hats off to him for featuring the only Jewish family in comic-dom.
While i've got you "on the line", has this site been "under attack"? Sometimes, over the last few days, i've been unable to access anything, postings are screwy, etc. It may be my server, but everything else is ok.