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This week on Unorthodox, we’re getting into the Hanukkah spirit. But first, a discussion of the terrifying anti-Semitic shooting at a Jersey City kosher market that killed four people.

Then, Rabbi Ari Lamm explains the real story of Hanukkah, which is less about oil and miracles and more about Jews battling each other over assimilation.

And since the holiday season is synonymous with movies, we talk to Clive Owen and Howard Shore, the star and composer of The Song of Names, which opens in theaters on Christmas. The film, based on the novel of the same name by Norman Lebrecht, features Owen as a Hasidic violin prodigy.

We also chat with Rabbi Daniel Cohen of Temple Sharey Tefilo-Israel in South Orange, New Jersey, about how he incorporates the latest technology into his work.

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Come see us on tour!

Dec. 19 – St. Louis: Book talk with Stephanie and Liel
Jan. 8, 2020 – Westport, Connecticut: Book talk with Mark and Liel
Feb. 6, 2020 – Scotch Plains, New Jersey: Book talk with Stephanie & Liel
Feb. 9, 2020 – Wyomissing, Pennsylvania: Book talk with Mark and Liel
Feb. 26, 2020 – Naples, Florida: Book talk with Stephanie and Mark
March 12, 2020 – Boca Raton, Florida: Book talk with Stephanie and Liel

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Adeena Sussman’s cookbook Sababa shares the vibrant flavors of Israeli home cooking, and makes a great Hanukkah gift for the foodie in your life. Get a copy of Sababa online or at your favorite bookstore