WATCH: Rabbi Sacks and comedian Ashley Blaker debate the point of Purim

The central theme of the video is the ethos of Purim - is it to be funny, or to consider suffering and salvation? Is it about passing around presents, or caring for friends?

By JPOST.COM STAFF
February 27, 2018 15:06

Purim according to Rabbi Sacks and Ashley Blaker (Facebook/Rabbi Sacks)

Purim according to Rabbi Sacks and Ashley Blaker (Facebook/Rabbi Sacks)

Ready for a softer side to the ever-sage Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks? In honor of Purim, the former chief rabbi of the United Kingdom has teamed up with Jewish British comedian Ashley Blaker in a shpiel of shpiels.

Why this team? "You're Rabbi Lord Sacks, the most famous rabbi in the world!" Blaker says, to which Sacks replies, "I'm not sure about that." 

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"And I'm Ashley Blaker, the biggest Jewish comedian in the world!"  which earns the same reply from Sacks: "I'm not sure about that, either!"

The central theme of the video is the ethos of Purim - is it to be funny, or to consider suffering and salvation? Is it about passing around presents, or caring for friends?

Have a look and let us know what you think in the comments.

Rabbi Sacks's wisdom swept the web in a series of inspiring videos he made, including one speaking out against Israel Apartheid Week in 2017.

Blaker will perform four shows in Israel in March, and his upcoming BBC radio show, Ashley Blaker’s Goyish Guide to Judaism, will air in May,


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