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A Passover to Remember

Ep. 313: Our hosts make this ancient holiday feel personal, relevant, and meaningful

April 7, 2022
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This week on Unorthodox, we’re digging into Passover traditions.

Stephanie Butnick rids her home of chametz, or leavened bread, with a legalistic assist from producer Robert Scaramuccia. Featuring Rivkah Slonim.

Liel Leibovitz explores the tradition of Jewish firstborn sons fasting before Passover, which takes him in some unexpected literary directions. Featuring Erica Brown and Andre Aciman.

Producer Josh Kross interrogates the Wicked Child archetype, with the help of his teenage son. Featuring Rabbi Sari Laufer.

Mark Oppenheimer explores the meaning behind the afikoman, and the various traditions surrounding the end-of-Seder snack. Featuring Dovid Bashevkin.

A Passover to Remember
Ep. 313: Our hosts make this ancient holiday feel personal, relevant, and meaningful
April 07, 2022
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