Incoming Chief Rabbi Lau Says 'Racist' Basketball Jibe Was 'A Joke'

New chief Ashkenazi rabbi was caught on tape using Hebrew word 'kushim,' a derogatory term for black people. In Israel Radio interview he calls his remark 'a joke that lost control.'

Newly elected Ashkenazi Chief Rabbi David Lau dismissed on Thursday criticism of a racially-loaded comment he made earlier this week, calling it 'a joke that lost control.'