The Passover Haggadah

An Ancient Story for Modern Times

By Alana Newhouse Tablet

Every year, Jews, and the folks who love them, gather around the Seder table with family and friends to read from the Haggadah, the story of Jewish ancestors who were enslaved in Egypt and their journey to freedom. It’s a time not only to remember the past but also to make the Seder experience relevant, relatable, and personal, incorporating new and up-to-date interpretations and interests.

It doesn’t matter if you’ve read the entire Talmud ten times in Aramaic or if your religious education consists of a few episodes of SeinfeldThe Passover Haggadah is for everyone. It’s about making the Seder experience one’s own. Ask the Four Questions in Hebrew or English. Learn about the Ten Plagues and “The Modern Ten Plagues” as told by Jonathan Adler and Simon Doonan. Other contributions include “My Big Gay Seder Wedding” by Wayne Hoffman, Tablet’s executive editor, and “The Blessings of an Interfaith Passover” by Molly Yeh, award-winning food blogger. Sing “Dayenu” together and take turns answering the question “What do you have in your life that, if you had nothing else, would be enough?” Encouraging messages can be found throughout the book, including a very important one that follows the second cup of wine, which is “Take a big, happy sip. Food is nearly at hand.” Original illustrations round out this beautiful package. From start to finish, the Seder is a joyful gathering that will only be enhanced by this special keepsake.

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March 03, 2020