February 15, 2023
Torah Smash! The Podcast for Nerdy Jews
Episode 22: Producing a Hit Spiel ...With Guest Host Rabbi Leah Berkowitz
We explore the ideas behind the very first Purim Spiel and the villain we all love to mock with our guest host, Rabbi Leah Berkowitz. Join us as we discover the connections to one of Mel Brooks’ classic films and share some of our favorite parodies from years past.
00:02:23 Purim?! What a coincidence!
00:16:33 Mel Brooks’ anti-musical The Producers
00:19:20 Some background on the 1967 film
00:26:42 How would your 1967 persona have reacted?
00:33:32 Mel Brooks brings the context
00:37:43 Favorite portrayal of Haman
00:42:39 Quick Muppet Tangent
00:43:50 More Purim Memories
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