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Sarah Hurwitz, a White House speechwriter for all eight years of the Obama administration, tells the story of her rebound to Judaism in her new book, “Here All Along: Finding Meaning, Spirituality, and A Deeper Connection to Life in Judaism (After Finally Choosing to Look There) In the first part of our conversation with Hurwitz, she talks about her upbringing, her decision to write for Michelle instead of Barack Obama, and how she educated herself in her faith.

We continue our conversation with Sarah Hurwitz with her thoughts on the limits of picking and choosing from a smorgasbord of faiths, and the rewards of delving deeply into one. She talks about the value of religious institutions, despite their flaws. And she explains why, as she deepened her spirituality, she decided to embrace the religion in which she was raised as opposed to another. Hurwitz also offers advice for politicians who want to speak about their faith. There are avoidable pitfalls, she says. But done well, it can help voters better understand and appreciate a candidate.

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