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Ep. 241: Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks on morality, and Holly Huffnagle on why anti-Semitism isn’t just a Jewish problem

September 3, 2020

This week on Unorthodox, summer trips to the beach spark our latest debate: Do Jews like the beach?

Our Jewish guest is Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, former chief rabbi of the United Hebrew Congregations of the Commonwealth, who returns to the show to talk about his latest book, Morality: Restoring the Common Good in Divided Times. Listen for Rabbi Sacks’ advice for how we can build a more moral society, plus why he thinks the themes of the High Holidays have never been more relevant, and his take on the queen’s corgis.

Our gentile of the week is Holly Huffnagle, the American Jewish Committee’s newly appointed U.S. director for combating anti-Semitism. She’s worked in the State Department and at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and volunteered at the Auschwitz-Birkenau State Museum in Oswiecim, Poland. She explains why she believes anti-Semitism is a societal problem, not a Jewish one, tells us about the surprising Twitter backlash following the announcement of her new role, and shares what she told Nick Cannon when she met with him after his recent anti-Semitic remarks.

We’re doing our annual fundraiser a little differently this year. We’re not looking to hit a specific dollar amount—instead, we’re looking to get as many participants as we can, giving whatever amount they’re able. Everyone who gives will be entered into a raffle to spend some virtual time with the hosts. Head to to donate.

Tablet magazine’s fall 2020 journalism program is a paid, three-month remote fellowship for 10 aspiring journalists, run by our very own Mark Oppenheimer. More information here; apply by Sept. 10 to [email protected].

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