An episode on Chanukah for the first chapter of a tractate all about Passover? Well, Chanukah doesn’t have its own tractate, and you deserve something fun before you spend 4 months learning everything about the official holiday of Jewish anxiety. So, how was Chanukah celebrated in America before Adam Sandler and Full Court Miracle? Why was the word “presents” the first English word to be printed in Yiddish-language newspapers in America?
Dr. Dianne Ashton is Professor of Religion Studies and former director of the American Studies program at Rowan University. She is the author of multiple books on the history of Judaism in the United States, including Hanukkah in America: A History.
Special thanks to our executive producer, Adina Karp
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"Midnight Tale" by Kevin MacLeod (https://incompetech.com)
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