While many people will be celebrating Christmas in just a few weeks, millions of people will also begin their holiday season on Dec. 12 with the start of the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah. Known as the “Festival of Lights,” Hanukkah is an eight-day holiday that is celebrated with a series of rituals and the lighting of the menorah. Other festivities include playing dreidel and eating latkes. To help celebrate the holiday here are the best Hanukkah podcasts to listen to.
Hanukkah Lights: Produced by National Public Radio, hosts Susan Stamberg and Murray Horowitz read stories about a Jewish pilot, a girl finding her voice in a Christmas play and a grandfather’s gift on the last night of Hanukkah. This is a yearly podcast, but past years can be enjoyed by listeners as well. Find it: https://www.npr.org/series/hanukkah-lights/
Judaism Unbound: For listeners looking for a deeper look at the historical and contemporary observance of Hanukkah, the Judaism Unbound podcast features six episodes specifically about the Jewish holiday. Presenters include Yehuda Kurtzer, Burton Visotzky, Dianne Ashton, Adam Chalom and Ruth Absuch-Magder. Find it: http://www.judaismunbound.com/hanukkah-unbound-podcast-episodes/
Office of Rabbi Sacks: Global religious leader, philosopher and author of more than 30 books, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks discusses the question of “What is Judaism?” as a main theme of each episode. The podcast also features Sacks’ thoughts of the day and he also answers questions on various subjects. Find it: http://rabbisacks.org/.
The Book of Life: Hosted by Heidi Rabinowitz Estrin, the Book of Life podcast features interviews and commentary about Jewish books, music, film and web. Estrin interviews authors illustrators, publishers, musicians, indie filmmakers and web creators. Find it: https://soundcloud.com/bookoflifepodcast