Hanukkah in America
Hanukkah received more attention than usual this year when the first full day of the Jewish Festival of Lights began on Thanksgiving. Now, pretty much everyone has heard of “Thanksgivukkah.” But for many Americans, Hanukkah is still something of a mystery, and, at the same time, one of the most familiar Jewish holidays, although it’s far from the most important. This hour, we’ll talk to a Jewish religion expert about Hanukkah in the U.S. and how the minority status of Jewish Americans has changed the status of the holiday.
- Dianne Ashton, religious scholar and author of Hanukkah in America: A HistoryÂ