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Traditions of Chanukah

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Larry Lesser, UTEP Mathematical Sciences Professor
Larry Lesser, UTEP Mathematical Sciences Professor
Chavah Schwartz, UTEP Professor
Chavah Schwartz, UTEP Professor

On this edition of The Weekend, Louie Saenz talks Chavah Schwartz and Larry Lesser, both Professors at UTEP about the traditions of Chanukah. Professor Lesser is with Mathematical Sciences while Professor Schwartz teaches Religious Studies.

Chanukah is a Jewish celebration that commemorates the recovery of Jerusalem and the rededication of the Holy Temple. The word Chanuka means "dedication", and it celebrates the miracle of the one-day supply of olive oil lasting for eight days until new supplies could be prepared according to the proper conditions of ritual purity.

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Originally aired on December 9, 2023

Louie Saenz has been in the news broadcasting business for over thirty years. He has been a News Anchor and Reporter for KDBC-TV, KOAT-TV in Albuquerque, NM and KTSM-TV in El Paso. Saenz earned a degree in Journalism from NMSU, and a Masters in Communication from UTEP. He is currently the News & Public Affairs Director for KTEP-FM, and a lecturer in the Communication Department. He is also the host of Focus on Campus and co-host on El Paso Prime Time.
Sam Cassiano is a native Californian who spent his formative years in the Bay Area. An army brat, his family toured Germany and Japan before settling in El Paso in 1973. Initially a Communications Major at UTEP, a radio internship at KPAS-FM 94, the PASS launched his broadcasting career. He can be heard as the morning news anchor on KTEP during NPR's Morning Edition, and Friday evenings at 10 pm as the host of Friday Night Blues.
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