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Summary: Hanukkah can be seen as a holiday about assimilation.

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True enough!

I hear you, brother: Hanukkah is definitely the pinnacle of assimilation. As usual, Molinsky shoots and scores, laying out his argument neatly, with facts, humor, and best of all, the sound of frying latkes. He sets the scene beautifully, interviewing a former Orthodox Jewish woman (in Brooklyn, we all seem to know one) and a rabbi to tease out the 'ugly truth' about the secularization of one of our favorite holidays -- both today and in ancient times.

Perfectly mixed, and just the right length, this is an ideal piece for this crazy, mixed up time of year.