Listen & Learn: Hanukkah Podcast Episodes

Do you hunger for a deeper look at the historical and contemporary observance of the holiday of Hanukkah? Would you like to enhance your experience of this holiday by listening to some of the smartest, most thoughtful commentators on this subject in the world? Listen in to any or all of these six episodes of the Judaism Unbound podcast that give a deep dive into Hanukkah from a historical, philosophical, and cultural angle. For full shownotes that provide a variety of related readings and links for each episode, click the image to the left of the corresponding sound file.


Six-Episode Judaism Unbound Podcast Series on Hanukkah:

How should the Jewish present and future relate to the Jewish past? Yehuda Kurtzer, President of The Shalom Hartman Institute of North America and author of the book Shuva: The Future of the Jewish Past, joins Dan and Lex for an exploration of the significance of history and memory in contemporary Judaism. 


Burton Visotzky, the Appleman Professor of Midrash and Interreligious Studies at the Jewish Theological Seminary, joins Dan and Lex to discuss the topic of his recent book, Aphrodite and the Rabbis: the surprising degree to which Greco-Roman ideas shaped Rabbinic Judaism, so much so that, Visotzky argues, that Judaism should be understood as a Roman religion. With Hanukkah coming up, we discuss how this understanding of Judaism squares with the Maccabees well-known anti-Hellenist agenda.


Dianne Ashton, author of Hanukkah in America, joins Dan and Lex to discuss the ways that the observance of Hanukkah has evolved over the course of American history. The conversation touches on a wide variety of topics, ranging from the Maccabees, to gift giving, to the "December Dilemma."


Adam Chalom is the International Institute for Secular Humanistic Judaism's Dean for North America and rabbi of Kol Hadash Humanistic Congregation in Lincolnshire, Illinois. He joins Dan and Lex for a conversation about Secular Humanistic Judaism, Hanukkah, and trends in contemporary Jewish life.



Stay tuned for Episode 46 (featuring guest Jay Eidelman), the concluding episode of this six-part series, which will be released on 12/30. 


Image Credit: JDOV Talks

Image Credit: JDOV Talks

Our friends at JDOV bring you a selection of funny, uplifting talks -- lights in the darkness of the season. The best part? There's one for every night of the holiday! Watch the whole playlist at this link.