Purim with Warren Buffett

On his blog, “Rabbi in the Middle of America,” Rabbi Jonathan Gross writes about introducing Warren Buffet to the Jewish holiday of Purim.

Last year before Pesach we sold Warren Buffett our chametz.


Besides being a great story, it raised awareness for the local food bank– and we had the most successful pre-Pesach food drive ever.


As the holiday season was approaching, I decided to give him a call and ask the wizard if he would  participate again.  And he did.


This year however, I decided to introduce him to the holiday of Purim.


My wife Miriam made up two mishloach manot to give to Warren Buffett. One special for him with Coke and Sees Candy– two items that we knew he would enjoy.


L-R Jonathan, Warren, and Miriam

L-R Jonathan, Warren, and Miriam


The real highlight of the visit was getting to have a chevruta withRabbi Kripke and Warren Buffett as we learned together the passage in the Megillah that contains the mitzvot of mishloach manot and matanot li’evyonim.


buffet megilla

Mr. Buffett was his usual witty self.  When we told him that we came to perform the mitzvot of Purim he said, “I hope I don’t qualify for the gifts to the poor!”


We had some fun, he told some stories, and we made this commercial promoting Purim and Sees Candy – a Berkshire subsidiary.


Rabbi in Middle of America: Purim with Warren Buffett

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