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JesuiticalNovember 22, 2019
Co-authors of 'The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia,' clockwise from back left: Liel Leibovitz, Mark Oppenheimer, and Stephanie Butnick. (Photo credit Matthew Lipsen); Cover of 'The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia.' (Excerpted from 'The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia' by Stephanie Butnick, Liel Leibovitz, and Mark Oppenheimer [Artisan Books]. Copyright © 2019)

This week, we welcome, for the second time, Stephanie Butnick and Liel Leibovitz, two-thirds of the Jewish podcast, “Unorthodox.” They just published an amazing new book, The Newish Jewish Encyclopedia: From Abraham to Zabar’s and Everything in Between.

We talk to them about Jewdar, Chinese food and Christmas, Drake, Thanksgivuhkuh and other fascinating entries in the book!

In Signs of the Times, Pope Francis urges us to ask: “Do I, a Christian, have at least one poor person as a friend?” And he considers updating the Catechism to include “ecological sins.” In our third and last story, we discuss a new study from the Pew Research Center that analyzes how American adults feel about the relationship between religion and politics.

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Links from the show:

Pope Francis calls on Christians to remember the poor, ‘the treasure of the church’

Pope Francis: Catechism will be updated to define ecological sins

Americans Have Positive Views About Religion’s Role in Society, but Want It Out of Politics

What’s on tap?

Stephanie and Liel brought us Arak, “a delightfully alcoholic beverage made of grapes and aniseed.”

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