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Did you know that over 20 Million (yes, twenty Million) MAXWELL HOUSE Haggadahs have been printed and distributed in the USA in the 20th Century?

There is a rabbi who, at the start of a seder, spills wine on the tablecloth. This way, anyone who spills, will not feel embarrassed. don’t be a slave to the tablecloth during a seder.

A rabbi once taught, as families get together for a seder, that a crumb of anger is worse than a speck of chametz. Keep things in perspective. Remember the spirit of the holiday.

We have been waiting for this since 2007.. And now it has arrived
[book] New American Haggadah
In Hardcover
By Jonathan Safran Foer
With translations by Nathan Englander
March 2012, Little Brown
Several year’s ago, Foer said that most Haggadot out there lack the imaginative punch to inspire people toward a greater commitment for social change. He said, “We talk about slavery every year, we talk about the movement toward freedom every year. But when was the last time a Seder made you really feel those things in a deep way — when you said, ‘I want to become more active, … in stopping what’s going on in Darfur’? Because if that’s not an example of a situation that needs this movement toward freedom, nothing is. Or, ‘I need to work harder to make my life more energy independent,’ because we are slaves to energy right now. Passover is the jewel in the crown of Judaism arguing that we don’t hold “capital J” Jewish books like the Haggadah to the same literary standards as “lowercase j” books, like a Philip Roth novel, when we should.”

He continued, that “The Haggadah begs us to make it new… I’m doing it because I think it’s an incredible piece of art and [because] of all the issues in our world that can be seen through the lens of slavery and this movement toward freedom. The holiday is unimportant unless people end it thinking, ‘I need to bring the story into my life.’… Why would he harden his heart, especially when all the Egyptians are going to have to suffer for what the Pharaoh decides? Or, that we have a God that is so vengeful he kills all the firstborn Egyptians. All of the firstborn? Were there no good Egyptians? And do we really want to kill babies? You’re constantly coming up against these things that challenge your sense of what’s right and what’s wrong — but that’s good, having to talk about them, having to make sense of them.”

And so began Foer’s quest to create a new American Haggadah, “American” because Haggadot are usually named for the place they were published. Seders have been celebrated for over 100 generations, and perhaps there have been over 7000 known versions of the haggadah, whether it is from a religious movement, a kibbutz, Maxwell House, Mesorah, commune, Cokey Roberts, or your own family. As Foer writes, a new haggadah does not imply that earlier ones are failed, he just saw a need for one that looks at current issues in today’s idiom
This haggadah is an exciting new one and will prompt many seder table discussions for years to come; the “hyper-literal” translations into English will fascinate.
But first some information on the style. The Haggadah flows from right to left. On each page are illustrations or Hebrew with English translations. There are NO transliterations, not even for a Kiddush or Had Gadya. The Hebrew has vowels. It is a hardcover and delivered with a removable red paper wrapper (bellyband); when removed, you are left with a cover with Hebrew printing on a white background. The spine has the Haggadah’s title and editors’ names. The Hebrew printing on the front begins “B’chol dor v’dor (In every generation, a person is obligated to view her/himself as if s/he were the one who went out from Mitzrayim… interesting choice, no?). I am sure some enterprising young or old scholar at a seder can derive a drash on why the words with the largest fonts sizes are B’chol, Zeh, and M’Mitzrayim. There are a few blank pages at the end where you can write comments, thoughts, or record who was present at your seder over the years. I highly recommend using it, since decades later, you can open it and recall family members, friends, or guests who are still present, older, moved on, or passed on.
The paper stock makes the Haggadah feel a tiny itty bitty warped, but with use, it will probably flatten out. Across the top of each page is a progressing timeline (by Mia Sara Buch), flowing like wine, from 1250 BCE to 2007 CE. The timeline is in a smaller font and gives a running history: for 1387 CE, for example, the timeline mention Chaucer’s publication of “The Canterbury Tales,” and his story of a blood libel against the Jews, even though Jews were expelled England 100 years earlier. You can add to the timeline as years go by. I can imagine each participant adding their own to their copy each year, and seeing how attitudes and comments change over the decades. A keepsake.

The Haggadah opens with the removal of Hametz and Prepping for the seder. It flows through the seder, the cups of wine, the Hallel and Nirtzah, and closes with Counting the Omer, and a few songs. There are also several discussion sections designed in a neo-Talmud style. The four sections are: Library, Nation, House of Study, and Playground. They are authored by Lemony Snicket, Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Jeffrey Goldberg, and Nathaniel Deutsch. Deutsch, a Guggenheim Fellow and S An-sky specialist, is currently a professor at UC, Santa Cruz and Co-Director of the Center for Jewish Studies. Goldberg is a journalist at The Atlantic. Newberger Goldstein is a novelist, professor, and mother of two authors; and Snicket (aka Daniel Handler) is author of a books on quotations that are bitter like horseradish; on a latka that screamed a lot; and a series on unfortunate events (like slavery?)
The design is by Oded Ezer, a master of inventive Hebrew lettering (Beit Hillel), typography and design, who wrote that the notion behind this book’s design was to visually merge the history of the Jewish nation with the traditional Haggadah text. The letterforms on each page therefore “reflect” the timeline’s period at the top of the page. The book becomes a graphic record of Jewish history. Plus it seems to have ready-made wine stains, albeit of ink.
But now for the meal... the translation by Nathan Englander. This, the translation, is primarily what attracted me to this new American Haggadah. Englander thought this would be an easy translation, like it was going to be hip and sassy, but he soon realized the project’s scope and intensity, and entered a havruta style, multi-year process with Baruch Thaler to debate and decide on the translations. The authors call it a hyper-literal translation.
Nathan Englander was an interesting choice. An acclaimed novelist and short story author, he moved to Israel as a young man and he quickly gave up on organized religion. (He may not have a mezuzah on his door, but now he has dozens of Jewish Haggadot and texts.) For Pesach, Englander used the Hebrew side of the traditional Maxwell House coffee haggadah. He never really looked at the English pages. He found that the Hebrew is so moving yet the English translations he saw did not communicate this beauty well enough. The line that clinched it for him was “HaMavdil Bein Kodesh l’Kodesh.” In English, many Haggadot translated it as “to differentiate between the Sabbath and the holiday.” But in Hebrew what it says is, “to differentiate between holy and holy.” To him, the English was missing the poetry and the metaphysical space between “holy” and “holy.” This is his chance to convey meaning -- meaning that informs future action.
For example, in “Nishmas kol chai,” he translates it as “Were our mouths were filled with a singing like the sea, and our tongues awash with song, as waves-countless, and our lips to lauding, as the skies are wide, and our eyes illumined like the sun and the moon, and our hands spread out like the eagles of heaven, and our feet as fleet as fawns. Still, we would not suffice in thanking you, lord God of us and God of our fathers, in blessing your name for even one of a thousand, thousand, from the thousands of thousands and the ten thousands of ten thousands of times you did good turns for our fathers and for us”
While most haggadot translate blessings as “Blessed (Praised) art Thou, O Lord Our God, King of the Universe…”, Englander writes “You are blessed, Lord God-of-Us, King of the Cosmos …” His translations are unique and will wake the reader up, and make them really think about what they are reciting. He uses “God of us” instead of “our God” because It’s not “our God” like “our cellphone” or “our Lexus” that we own , rather it is “the God over us.” “Ha Lachma Anya” is not the Berad of Affliction, but becomes “This is the poor man’s bread that our fathers ate in the land of Egypt... Just as You lifted nation from the belly of nation, and piloted Your people through the deep, may it be desirous before You…” The translations are male, as in He, King, Father and Sons. The Four Sons are sons. The ten plagues are “Blood, frogs, lice, a maelstrom of beasts, pestilence, boils, and hail-full-of-fire, locusts, a C-L-O-T-T-E-D darkness -- too thick to pass. The killing of the firstborn.”

Need to know more?
I am turning to an interview Nathan Englander gave to Terry Gross on NPR’s Fresh Air.
Nathan Englander said that as a young man, he moved to Israel, where he quickly gave up on organized religion, so he surprised himself that he has worked on a Haggadah for the past few years. When asked by Terry why we need a new haggadah, Englander replied that, “We need new Haggados and they’ll be endless. It’s sort of, I think out all the traditional Jewish documents, it’s the one that’s most living. People – there’s, you know, there’s an Armed Forces Haggadah and an Alcoholics Anonymous Haggadah and an LGBT Haggadah. There are Haggadahs for everything. Some families make them new every year. People, it’s a really wonderful living document. And, you know, even Jonathan’s choice of the New American Haggadah, they’re always have a place. A very legendary one is the Sarajevo Haggadah. They’re just constantly made throughout time and he felt it was time for a new one…, you know I’ve always used the Hebrew side of the Maxwell House, which is a really great liturgy, that is a very traditional great liturgy.
…The point is, I had never really looked at the English and, what committed me to it is that back to loving texts, which is, the Haggadah, you should literally read it and weep. It is so beautiful. It is just such a moving document to me…. it turned it from this what I thought would be a six-week project into me working with a study partner head-to-head. It’s called Havrusa style, face-to-face, we studied. I don’t even want, my girlfriend says we can’t have a Mezuzah on the door but I have to come home to you with the Talmuds and haggados piled to the ceiling arguing. You know, it was like living in a study hall for her.

Gross asked why Englander used the king of the cosmos instead of the king of the universe. Englander replied, “…Those choices were the most wrestled over… it’s maybe that one and also God of us for “Elokeinu.”… So it’s always this idea, I think back to language, the things we don’t hear anymore… it’s something like “friendly fire”.., these things that are very loaded and they have meaning and you know the meaning, that’s how we get through life in a speedy fashion. …words have meanings and we already have them at the ready and we move through them. And I thought people say these things in English and I think they’re forgetting what they’re saying and it, you know, it means the world to me that you asked that question because that’s the point. Because you say, you read past it. But that’s what it’s saying, “of the cosmos” and it makes you think and that’s it. And that was really it. I think maybe the most dangerous choice in the whole book was “God of us” instead of “our God”… means “the God over us” and I really thought about that a ton, and I think that’s, …, I’ll see how people respond. But to me, I wanted people to be thinking about what they’re saying.
… I thought we were going to be ironical and sassy, you know, sassy guys. But the point is we ended up taking it so deeply seriously and I, you know, and I just felt people are going to be – because I speak the Hebrew I just always assumed have people the same knowledge base as me. I suddenly thought my God, people are going to be praying from this sincerely and I owe, you know, I owe them a debt. I better think.
…I can’t even tell you how many hours of arguing for things like [cosmos or universe]… But again, I think because it did make you think, …And I think because to me just really looking at the Hebrew and thinking about what that word means and just thinking it encompassed the cosmos. And also even that, the biggest point of translation is choice. Every word you’re choosing rhythm, clarity, communication, meaning, intent. And I think maybe, even that one can be feel of king of the cosmos does it justice.”
Gross asked, “Now one of the times you used “king of the cosmos.” I’m going to do the larger reading there. Like “you are blessed, lord God of us, king of the cosmos, God, our father, our kind, our majesty, our creator, our redeemer, our shepherd, shepherd of Israel, the good king who makes good for all.” You know, when you read something like that – when I read something like that, part of me wonders does God need to be praised that much? Like, why is there so much praise for God? Is it just a kind of thanksgiving for life, thanksgiving for, you know, whatever it is, that animating force that we call God? Or is God like this egotist and we need to say, hey, man, you’re number one. You are great. You are the God of all – do you know what I mean?”
ENGLANDER replied, “Yes. I was going to say I am going to answer that question for you now but I’m sure you’ll get a bunch of emails answering it for you. But I guess this is the point of doing a translation of what you hear in Hebrew, exactly that it’s not cloying – that’s the point of wanting to make it sound the way it sounds in my head which to me is very beautiful. Right? There can be over-cloying thanks. Nobody wants that. Nobody even enjoys it when they get it. It’s often just acknowledging a power structure. I know what you’re saying where someone gives you a job. Oh, thank you. You saved my life. This is the best. You know, it’s over the top and trust me, I’m an over the top thanker. So I know what you’re saying. But I guess I find this – you know what? This is about freedom from slavery. This is about being redeemed. This is about getting your homeland that was promised to you. This is about return. It’s actually – it is a deeply sincere text. I think it is truly thanking God for the food that we are eating, for the freedom that we have, for the family around us. You know what I can tell you? This is so personal and will, you know, probably make my family cry but, I remember – my brother-in-law – as I said, I’m like fourth or fifth generation and sitting there with my sister’s husband, his father is an Auschwitz survivor. And, he is sitting there with him, I remember one Seder with his family. I don’t know if they’ll remember it but this is when we all became one family. But all of us sitting together and just seeing this guy. That’s what makes it a living document. He sat there and he looked at the table and he started to cry. And he said I have been a slave. And I thought about it. I said this man was in Auschwitz. I don’t know if I’ve ever met – he literally had been a slave and that freedom, there’s a lot of thanks for survival and freedom that goes into that.

Englander added, “I was – Jonathan and I were joking about this. We’re like if we don’t find our Haggados at the Seder people are going to be in trouble. But, you know, at least our families can use them. But, yeah, I have to say of all the holidays, I really don’t do anything. I really do go to – if I can get to my family I get there or I’ve been going to a friend’s the last few years. But, yeah, I do the Seder every year. I really – I was going to say I don’t know if I’m softening or finding comfort or some different – my point is, it’s OK to live in conflict with yourself. That’s a nice thing that I’ve discovered. It’s OK for me to be really secular. That’s the idea, you know, people can just, you know, I’m trying to calm down. The point is I really enjoy that holiday and, yes, I go to a Seder every year and I, you know, drive there and a keep a house full of bread and all that stuff. But I really do enjoy that meal and this book.

NOTE: I WILL REPEAT.. This is not New American as in Egalitarian… is is American because it was published in America. The language and translations are male centric. If you need a Haggadah that is going to have Four Children instead of Sons, and gender neutral, then you should use this only as a reference.

The Renew Our Day Haggadah
Edited by Rabbi Ronald Aigen
March 11, 2012
Wellsprings of Freedom: The Renew Our Days Haggadah— Offers commentaries based on a previously untranslated collection of ?asidic insights into the Haggadah for the contemporary seeker. It links each of the traditional simanim or “guideposts” of the Seder to a theme that explores a facet of freedom in our lives today. (E.g., Kaddesh—freedom in relation to our use of time; Karpas—freedom and our relationship to nature and the environment.) It provides user-friendly cues for a fail-safe Seder, as well as for navigating a briefer, child-oriented Seder. It creates a stunning visual midrash (commentary) on the Passover Haggadah with colour artwork by J.W. Stewart. With high praises from Rabbi David Ellenson, President Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion; Rabbi Naomi Levy, spiritual leader of Nashuva: The Jewish Spiritual Outreach Center and author of Hope Will Find You and Talking to God; Rabbi Laura Geller, Senior Rabbi of Temple Emanuel of Beverly Hills; and Rabbi Arthur Green, Rector of the Rabbinical School at Hebrew College and author of Radical Judaism
Rabbi Rachel Cowan wrote, “Dayyenu! If Ron Aigen had created an artistically beautiful and graphically elegant Haggadah, that would be enough. If he had laid it out with great respect for the leader - clear, sophisticated instructions on how to proceed, that would be enough. If he had included wonderful discussion questions that appeal to a wide variety of people, that would be enough. But, in addition, he has included the most interesting, powerful interpretations of the text from deeply spiritual writings of the great classical Hasidic masters to light up the whole Seder. Dayyenu! And Hallelujah!”
"Wellsprings of Freedom is a delight to the eyes, the heart, the mind and the soul. People, using this beautiful work at their Seder, will have the shared experience of a current day Exodus." Rabbi Zalman Schachter–Shalomi, co-author of Jewish With Feeling
Rabbi Ron Aigen, is the spiritual leader of Congregation Dorshei Emet in Montreal where he directs the EMET Centre for Spirituality, Ethics and Culture. A native of Brooklyn, he is a graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. He is a fellow of the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and a Rabbinic Fellow of the Shalom Hartman Institute in Jerusalem.

[book] Lotsa Matzah
Very First Board Books
By Tilda Balsley
Winter 2013,
Kar Ben
A rhyming introduction to Passover's traditional food with children eating and enjoying “lotsa matzah” many different ways during this holiday.
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[book] Grover and Big Bird's Passover Celebration
By Tilda Balsley, Ellen Fischer,
and Tom Leigh
Winter 2013,
Kar Ben
Grover and Big Bird are in a hurry to get to the Passove seder
But there are several delays
Moshe Oofnik comes to the rescue in his tumbledown truck, but will they arrive in time to ask the Four Questions
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[book] Izzy The Wiz
And Passover Mclean
By Yael Mermelstein and Carrie Hartman
Kar Ben, 2012
Ages 3 – 8
Izzy the Whiz is an amateur inventor who, right before Passover, creates a super duper machine that whirs and purrs and munches and crunches and miraculously cleans the entire house just in time for the holiday – but not without creating havoc along the way. A fun, crazy, rhyming tale a la Dr. Seuss.

[book] A Sweet Passover
By Leslea Newman and David Slonim
Abrams, 2012
Ages 4 and up
In this charming and humorous story, Miriam discovers—with the help of her family and a little matzah bread—the true meaning and importance of Passover. Miriam loves spending time with her family during Passover, and all week long she is happy to eat lots of matzah. But when she wakes up on the last day of the holiday, she is sick of matzah and refuses to eat it ever again. Then Grandpa makes his special matzah brei for the whole family, and Miriam learns there’s more to Passover than just the matzah. Award-winning illustrator and jewish book award winner David Slonim brings to life this story by celebrated author Lesléa Newman. The book includes a recipe for matzah brei, a brief summary of the Passover holiday, and a glossary of terms
a female hero
a nuclear family

[book] DAYENU!
By Miriam Latimer
Scholastic, 2012
This joyous board book is perfect for any Passover celebration!
Dayenu Dayenu!

Combining the festive cheer of the beloved Passover song with a melodic recounting of the Jews' exodus from Egypt to Israel, this board book will be the perfect addition to any family tradition. With Miriam Latimer's charming illustrations, children and parents alike will be even more inspired to shout, "Dayenu!"

[book] The Elijah Door:
A Passover Tale
By Linda Leopold Strauss and Alexi Natchev
Holiday House, 2012
Ages 4 - 8
Think Romeo and Juliet, but Jewish
For years the Galinskys and Lippas have shared Seder, the special Passover dinner. But no more! Mama Lippa shuts her windows tight against the Galinsky voices. Papa Galinsky cuts a new side door to avoid seeing the Lippas. But David Lippa and Rachel Galinsky love each other, and fortunately, they have a trick up their sleeves. This charming folktale and stunning woodcuts celebrate the joys of love, freedom, and family.

[book] Josie’s Passover Adventure
By Anna Levine and Ksenia Topaz
Kar Ben, 2012
Ages 5-9
Young amateur archeologist Jodie invites her cousin Zach on a Passover adventure to explore Hezekiah's Tunnel in Jerusalem, the famous secret water tunnel. Sloshing through the long, creepy, dark, wet passage, they solve the riddle in the middle and find a shiny treasure!

[book] In Every Generation
The JDC Haggadah
By Ari Goldman and Rabbi Joseph Telushkin
March 2010, URIM
The JDC Haggadah highlights the work of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee, which, since it was founded in 1914, has been the premier organization reaching out to Jews in distress around the world. For the making of this Haggadah, JDC opened its vast archives of photographs, letters and documents, many of them never before made public. This Haggadah is rich in pictures of the rescue and relief of Jews in times of crisis from pre-state Israel to post-Shoah Europe to Soviet Russia to the deserts of Ethiopia. It reminds us how the JDC helped liberate Jews in distress and provided for both their physical and spiritual needs. Some of the most moving images are of Jews who themselves narrowly escaped tragedy marking the Passover seder with the potent holiday symbols of matzah and wine. The connections between the Exodus story and these modern-day rescues are made in the inspiring Foreword by Rabbi Joseph Telushkin and the insightful Commentary by Professor Ari L. Goldman. Historical anecdotes inserted at appropriate points in the text feature firsthand accounts by both rescuers and those rescued. Skillfully edited by Linda Levi, Director of Global Archives for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), and JDC Consultant, Ilana Stern Kabak, what emerges is a vivid and moving account of the Exodus that reaches back through the ages and reminds us why the Passover story is a story for all times
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[book] Haggadah for Jews & Buddhists
by Elizabeth Pearce-Glassheim
February 2007.
Elizabeth Pearce-Glassheim, born and raised Catholic by parents who instilled their life-long fascination with Buddhism into her family life, married into Judaism some 20 years ago. In the past two decades she attended and co-hosted more than a dozen Seders attended by friends of all religious and spiritual beliefs. To make Passover meaningful to Seder guests at her home, she began creating version of the traditional Seder story to emphasize its universal themes meaningful to Traditional Jews, Buddhists and others. This Haggadah is a discussion provoking retelling of the traditional Passover ritual, linking its meaning with age-old Buddhist concepts. A traditional haggadah in format, this has been written for a mixed family. Haggadah for Jews & Buddhists illuminates the concepts embedded in the Biblical story of the sacred exodus from slavery to freedom. This journey applies to everyone as they face life's challenges and grow stronger through meeting them. This telling has meaning for all thoughtful adults: Buddhists, Traditional and Secular Jews and people of all beliefs and spiritualities. Click the book cover to read more.

[book] The Royal Table
A Passover Haggadah
By Rabbi Norman Lamm and Edited Compiled by Joel B. Wolowelsky
January 2010, KTAV
A scholarly haggadah
He opens with, “The memory I most cherish was that of Zeyde who chanted certain passages of the Haggadah in the melodies of his Hasidic home before World War One. His face beamed when he had us, his American-born grandchildren, sing along with him.”
The Passover Haggadah is perhaps the most popular Jewish liturgical book after the siddur. Each year families gather around their tables to retell the story of the Exodus of the nascent Jewish community from Egypt, using an ancient text made ever-relevant by each generation's added commentaries. Now the OU Press has the honor of publishing Rabbi Norman Lamm’s Haggadah commentary, a work of brilliant insights expressed in Rabbi Lamm’s inimitable style, articulate and engaging, while sensitive and moving.
For this commentary, Rabbi Lamm’s weekly sermons and divrei Torah delivered while he was Rabbi of The Jewish Center have been culled for his insights on the Haggadah and the Passover holiday. Together with relevant selections from his written works, they make up this new and compelling commentary on the Haggadah. We now have the opportunity on Passover evening to join Rabbi Lamm at his Royal Table and retell the story of the Exodus with new understanding and insight.
Rabbi Norman Lamm is Chancellor of Yeshiva University and Rosh HaYeshiva of its affiliated Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary.
This Haggadah brings the philosophy of Torah Umaddah to the seder table and enables those who have assimilated its teachings and messages to better appreciate the Exodus experience.
Jay Michaelson, writing in The Forward, wrote, “…Consider what the talmudic sage Rabban Gamliel took as the three central concepts of the Seder: the Passover sacrifice, matzo and maror, the bitter herbs. Lamm explains each with citations of the Maharal of Prague, the Passover liturgy, and the story of Adam and Eve. For him, the bitter maror is “the very symbol of human anguish throughout the ages,” yet we dip it in sweet haroset because Jews “look for the sweet” in every situation.” Click the book cover to read more.

[openeyedheartwide] OPEN-EYED HEArT-WIDE HAGGADAH
2010. Double Gemini Press.
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A very personal haggadah
“As we deepen our own roots, we begin to see how, beneath soil and sand; ages and continents; these roots, growing towards the earth's core, all intertwine. As we embrace ourselves more and more, we embrace all people. This is why we must tell our story." ~Open-Eyed Heart-Wide Haggadah, pg. 24.
From hippie to hip-hop and everything in between, Debra Jill Mazer decided the most powerful step she could take in her spiritual/soul's journey was to reclaim her own heritage of Judaism. In 2003 she began a journey of creating Open-Eyed Heart-Wide Haggadah, a progressive, colorful, artistic, thoughtful alternative to the Passover rituals & celebrations she grew up with. With a focus on spiritual & cultural diversity, peace in the Middle East, and both a personal & global slant on the age-old story of slavery and liberation, in 2010, a book has been born. She said, “It’s all about self-love and honoring ourselves as our own wise healer and teacher. We learn through experience and we fine-tune. It’s all about getting quiet and listening to our inner voice. Whether food, work, or play."
With years of support along the way from collaborator, Cantor Shira Leba Batalion (a Jewish "minister of music") and a year's worth of assistance from graphic designer, Margo Akroyd, hundreds of hours of art, prose, discussion, design, & much revision, Open-Eyed Heart-Wide Haggadah is now, finally, here.
Open-Eyed Heart-Wide Haggadah is a progressive, spiritually inclusive ritual guide for Passover, a holiday when Jewish people traditionally gather around the table and share a ritual meal chronicling the story of Moses leading the Jewish slaves out of Egypt and into freedom. Open-Eyed Heart-Wide Haggadah helps to create an experience of Passover that is personally relevant, as we ask ourselves how we can choose freedom in our own lives. With the Orange and Olive on the seder plate; Miriam & Elijah's cups on the table; we sing traditional Hebrew songs as well as African-American spirituals, as we make the connection between the story of Jewish oppression & all other oppressions throughout history and the world. Beautifully illustrated, Open-Eyed Heart-Wide Haggadah is great for young and old alike, and is sure to touch the hearts of everyone who craves meaningful, inspired ritual.
A magna cum laude graduate of Brandeis University, Debra Jill Mazer was brought up in the Reform Jewish tradition, attended UAHC summer camp & was actively involved in the B'nai B'rith Youth Organization. Years & world travels later, a spiritual seeker, visual artist, and writer, Debra was inspired to create a Passover Haggadah rich in meaning for her family & friends, culminating her interests in feminist spirituality, farm-to-table mentality, personal ritual creation, and more. Debra sought the guidance of Reconstructionist Cantor Shira Leba Batalion to create the newest version of her book. Cantor Shira Leba Batalion was trained at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College in Philadelphia and has a Degree in Public Policy/Criminal Justice from Guilford College. Margo Jennifer Akroyd is a graduate of Savannah College of Art & Design.

2010, (Mill City Press (self published))
Paul Berger, writing in The Forward wrote, “The latest publication vying for attention in the Passover canon is “Haggadah for the Fifth Child.” A clever title, for, as every Seder-jaded Jew knows, ordinarily only four children make it to the Passover table. So how is this Haggadah different from all other Haggadot? For starters, it is an e-book, one of a small but growing library of downloadable Haggadot. You can read your “Fifth Child” on a Kindle, a Nook, a computer or an iPhone, free of charge. What makes “Fifth Child” stand out, though, is author Donald B. Susswein’s unusual approach to the Passover service. In his introduction, Susswein explains that the “traditional Haggadah presumes that the reader begins with a fairly extensive knowledge of the Exodus story.” Susswein attempts to rectify that by going back to biblical basics. His carefully scripted service, crafted in the form of a conversation, begins at the end of Genesis and leads participants through the Exodus story. If, like me, you have not studied these tales for some time, you will be glad for Susswein’s diligence in reminding the reader how the Jews and the Egyptians became entangled in the first place…… ….Susswein has left major elements of the Seder — blessings, prayers, some songs — intact. But rather than confuse readers with the multiple interpretations of Rabbi Akiva and friends, “Fifth Child” explores the veracity of biblical stories, and explains how this story of bondage and emancipation relates to later Jewish history and our lives today. Susswein doesn’t always provide answers, just jumping-off points for discussion. I was particularly interested in the notes that occupy 40 pages at the back of the book, where I learned that matzo was added to the Exodus story 700 years after the event, inspired by a Canaanite festival celebrating unleavened bread. I was also intrigued to learn that the tale of Moses and the Pharaoh’s daughter is reminiscent of an ancient Near Eastern legend. But the service, which Susswein estimates takes about 40 minutes, left me cold. The script, though thoughtfully written, feels didactic. And although “Fifth Child” claims to appeal to a range of people, it clearly takes aim at a more liberal audience by questioning the veracity of biblical stories and drawing on lessons such as this, from the Exodus tale:…. In truth, I found “Fifth Child” less interesting than the Haggadah for her four brothers. Sure, the language of your average Maxwell House Haggadah can be unwieldy. But isn’t the fact that words and phrases sound as archaic as the story — that characters “sojourn” and “endureth”— one of the most engaging aspects of the service? To his credit, Susswein has woven in many biblical excerpts. But why tinker….
“Haggadah for the Fifth Child” is available as a free e-book or for $15.95 in a print version at

[book] The Kabbalah Haggadah
Pesach Decoded
By Yehuda Berg
2009, Kabbalah Publishing
A cult of personality Haggadah
From the synopsis: “To paraphrase the question most commonly associated with the Passover Seder: Why is this Haggadah different from all other Haggadah? In the case of The Kabbalah Haggadah, it’s because this reading offers far more than the traditional Hebrew text and English translation of the Israelites' exodus from Egypt. The Kabbalah Haggadah decodes each part of this ancient text and its corresponding ritual, explaining the Kabbalistic concepts that they illustrate. With this knowledge, readers and Seder participants can easily take advantage of the windows of opportunity that the holiday affords to connect with the Light and achieve higher consciousness. Edited and with an introduction by RENOWNED Kabbalist Yehuda Berg, this new version of the Haggadah is meant to be read not only during a Seder but all year long as a vehicle for understanding and transformation. A color illustration enhances each of the book’s 15 sections.”

For Forward newspaper reviews said, “And, yes, let’s not forget that most profitable of Jewish organizations, the Kabbalah Centre, whose “The Kabbalah Haggadah: Pesach Decoded” is a weird mix of New Thought (aka The Secret: “You create your own reality”), pop psychology and practical Kabbalah. This is by far the strangest of the four [haggadah’s reviewed]. “Open-Eyed Heart-Wide” may have cursive writing, neo-hippie art and an abridged text, but “Pesach Decoded” (features the complete traditional text) is like a reboot of Passover entirely. Did you know that “Pesach gives us the Light to dissolve and fill every place where we have darkness — in every single aspect of our lives: personal, spiritual, physical, financial”? Neither did I… … For Rav Yehuda Berg of the Kabbalah Centre (who, if the credits are accurate, has now written more than 20 books), eating maror is like “‘tasting death’ until it becomes sweet,” and “is connected to what we are going through right now in our lives… if we don’t see our challenges or chaos as a problem or an issue, we are swallowing the Maror without chewing it… we have to go through the pain and discomfort of it completely” ”
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[book] Passover the Healthy Way
Light, Tasty and Easy Recipes Your Whole Family Will Enjoy
By Bonnie R. Giller MS RD CDN CDE
Does this sound familiar to you? "I never get out of the kitchen on Passover; I am constantly cooking and baking." "I always gain weight over Passover." "Every Passover recipe contains huge amounts of eggs and oil." "I serve the same recipes with little variety each year." With proper planning and recipe modification, your Passover recipes can be low in fat and healthy. If you are wondering if there is anything to serve besides meat and potatoes that is also healthy and tasty, you'll find your answer in this cookbook Passover the Healthy Way. There are over 100 delicious recipes ranging from Matzoh Stuffed Chicken Cutlets to a delicious Pineapple-Cherry Ribbon that will banish boredom and unhealthy dishes from your Passover menus. These healthy and creative recipes will help you breeze through Passover without sacrificing taste and originality. With proper portion control, you will be able to maintain your weight over the holiday, get out of the kitchen to enjoy your company, and be greeted at the table with cheers and excitement. The recipes in this cookbook have been designed to reduce your intake of calories, fat, saturated fat, cholesterol and sodium. All recipes include Nutrition Facts for calories, total fat, saturated fat, polyunsaturated and monounsaturated fat, cholesterol, sodium, carbohydrate, protein and dietary fiber. The American Dietetic Association and American Diabetes Association exchange lists per serving are included. This handy cookbook is great for the Passover traveler or the stay-at-home crowd.
Bonnie resides on Long Island, NY with 4 kids and a husband and is a Registered Dietitian (R.D.) and a Certified Dietitian-Nutritionist (CDN). In addition to providing Medical Nutrition Therapy, she is a Certified Diabetes Educator (C.D.E.), and is Certified in Family & Consumer Sciences.
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[book] The No Potato Passover
A Journey of Food, Travel and Color
By Aviva Kanoff
Join author Aviva Kanoff on a culinary journey from Italy to Morocco and places in-between (including England, France, Italy, Croatia, Austria, Hungary as well as Jamaica and Israel). You'll explore the tastes and colors of cultures far and near as Aviva puts a creative spin on exotic cuisines just in time for Passover! This food adventure will be leaving behind that starchy Passover staple, the potato, turning to healthy and creative substitutes such as quinoa and spaghetti squash. The recipes in The No-Potato Passover are so delicious; you'll want to make them all year round! No Potato Passover is filled with: User friendly recipes which are easy to make, Helpful hints and tips, Most recipes include 6 ingredients or less, Vibrant, colorful travel photography from across the globe, Creative, healthy substitutes to create fantastic dishes for Passover and throughout the year, Low carb and gluten free recipes
“One year I decided to challenge myself — What would happen if I didn’t use one potato on Pesach,” said Aviva Kanoff, “and I was really surprised by the outcome.” Traditionally, people eat loads of potatoes to make up for other starches, such as pasta and rice, that are forbidden during Passover (the latter just for Ashkenazim). Kanoff, author of the “The No-Potato Passover,” which she self-published last year, is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute, and has worked as a personal chef, primarily for those with diabetes. “I’m used to working with specific diets, and I kind of thrive on that challenge,” she said. Kanoff turned to other ingredients to fill the void in her book, most prominently quinoa and spaghetti squash, but also parsnips, carrots, broccoli and cauliflower. She says she has always been interested in cooking, particularly the creative process of recipe writing — and is now working on two gluten-free cookbooks. “It has kind of been the joke in my family that I’ve been cooking since before I was allowed to use the stove,” she said.
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I personally do not believe in making matza macaroni. I think it is better to eat dry matzah and remind oneself of salvery and poverty. But there are those who crave luxuries, so who am I to criticize?

[book] Passover Made Easy
Favorite Triple-Tested Recipes
By Leah Schapira and Victoria Dwek
February 2013
Mesorah Artscroll
Leah Schapira, author of the bestselling Fresh & Easy Kosher Cooking, teams up with noted food editor Victoria Dwek. They put the wow into your Passover cooking, with creative and original recipes that you would never believe could be made with Passover ingredients.
Passover Made Easy features triple-tested recipes and tips for making your holiday food festive and delicious and it’s all so simple to prepare! The ingredients are easily available and all but four recipes are gluten-free (non-gebrokts). With its fascinating culinary tidbits and helpful plating tips, this is a cookbook that is as fun to read as it is to use.
Includes sixty easy-to-make recipes, full-color photo for each dish, “plating” & serving secrets, and a wine guide & wine pairings
Victoria Dwek, who hails from a Syrian Jewish background (Deal NJ), eats kitniyot (rice and legumes), many Ashkenazim do not. Leah Schapira (Lakewood NJ), in addition to not eating kitniyot, doesn’t eat gebrokts, (matzah mixed with liquid). She makes everything at home and uses no boxed items. Dwek told the NY Jewish Week that, “the successful recipes [that made it into the book] were when people did not care if they were Pesach or not.” Schapira said she made the book’s biscotti recipe, which calls for potato starch and ground almonds, and left the biscotti in a jar on the table. They were gobbled up before she could tell her family they didn’t contain any flour. The pair first met when Dwek interviewed Schapira for an article about kosher food personalities.
Matzaroni and Cheese - Serves 6 to 8
5 matzahs, broken into small pieces
5 eggs
1 (16 oz.) container sour cream
1 (16 oz.) container cottage cheese
3 tbsp. butter, melted
1 tsp. salt
2 cups shredded mozzarella or muenster cheese
1. Preheat oven to 350°F. In an 8 x 8-inch baking dish, arrange one-third of the broken matzah pieces.
2. In a medium bowl, beat eggs. Add sour cream, cottage cheese, butter, salt, and 1 cup shredded cheese. Pour one-third of the cheese mixture over the matzah. Repeat with two additional layers of matzah and cheese. Top with remaining 1 cup shredded cheese. Bake for 40 minutes. The cheese on top should be brown and bubbling.
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[book] The Little Red Hen and the Passover Matzah
By Leslie Kimmelman and Paul Meisel (Illustrator)
March 2010, Holiday House
Ages 4 – 8
When this Jewish Little Red Hen decides it is time to get ready for Passover, her first thought is to make the traditional matzah. Gathering a small pile of grain she kept safe from water and wind, she approaches her friends and receives the typical rude, if somewhat altered, responses. Not I , said Sheep. Sorry, bub, said Horse. Think again, said Dog. Little Red Hen resigns herself to going it alone, but she is a classic kvetcher: I should live so long, to see this bunch of lazy no-goodniks put in an honest day s work. Meisel s accompanying cartoons, done in ink, watercolor and pastels, add exactly the right touch of humor to this holiday version of a classic folktale, which is filled with enough Yiddishisms to make every Bubbe act out the reading in old-world style. In accordance with the Passover tradition to welcome all who are hungry to the seder table, the three non-helpers are invited in and they redeem themselves with some dishwashing, while the Little Red Hen enjoys a relaxing moment – Kirkus Reviews
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By Mindy Avra Portnoy (Author), Valeria Cis (Illustrator)
January 2010, Kar-Ben
Ages 4 - 8
Divorce is difficult. But over Passover, the child celebrates with both parents, one each night. Over the course of three years and six seders, we watch as a young girl comes to grips with her new family situation as she and her parents forge new lives and create new family traditions. Click the book cover to read more.

[book] Holidays Around the World
Celebrate Passover: With Matzah, Maror, and Memories
By Deborah Heiligman
February 2010, National Geographic
Ages 4 - 8
Part of the Holidays Around the World series, this slim entry is informative though sometimes disjointed. It begins with a short recitation of the Passover story and then moves directly into how the holiday is celebrated. Surprisingly, the next spread, in words and photographs, focuses on the Orthodox way of preparing for the holiday. The photo shows a family covering their kitchen in aluminum foil to prevent leavened crumbs from getting into the home--hardly a common practice. The book goes on to explain Passover traditions and offers a more detailed version of the Passover story. A concluding essay by a rabbi offers thoughts on the meaning of the holiday. The clean format evokes the spring holiday, but the book's visual emphasis is also on Jewish communities in Africa, Asia, the Middle East, and elsewhere. More information about these diverse groups, other than the simple picture captions that identify them, would have been welcome because the arresting photos are the book's initial draw. Appended information includes the Four Questions and instructions for setting the Seder table. - Booklist
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[book] The Schechter Haggadah
Art, History and Commentary
By Dr. Joshua Kulp and Edited by Professor David Golinkin
2009, Lambda
The Schechter Haggadah provides an account of the historical development of the seder's liturgy over the past 2000 years. In a clear fashion, Joshua Kulp demonstrates how the seder is likely to have been performed when it first developed, in the talmudic period, and how it evolved into the set of rituals and texts we recognize today. His insightful, scholarly commentary will give readers much new and engaging material to discuss at their own seders. --Prof. Judith Hauptman
The Schechter Haggadah: Art, History and Commentary presents a fascinating discussion and analysis of the historical development of each aspect of the Seder, from the development of the Mah Nishtanah to the use of horseradish as maror, to the larger question of how new seder rituals were established and infused with meaning. Along with the traditional Hebrew text and English commentary, The Schechter Haggadah is adorned with over 100 illuminations from Haggadot from the medieval and modern periods. The Schechter Haggadah, written by educator and Talmud instructor Dr. Joshua Kulp, with illuminations edited by Professor David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, is a 'must-have' volume for anyone interested in understanding the rich traditions of the Seder.
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[book] Passover
Celebrating Now, Remembering Then
By Harriet Ziefert , and Karla Gudeon (Illustrator)
March 2010, Blue Apple
Ages 4 – 8
The National Jewish Book Award finalists for Hanukkah Haiku return with Passover: Celebrating Now, Remembering Then, a celebration of Passover's past and present, its meanings, its history, and its traditions. Karla Gudeon's folk-inspired artwork serves as a gorgeous backdrop for this fresh look at Passover. Harriet Ziefert seamlessly weaves elements of a contemporary seder with the biblical stories from which the rituals evolved. An ideal gift for Passover gatherings, this inspired book embraces family, freedom, and remembrance. Karla Gudeon's paintings and prints are joyful representations of life, love, family, and Jewish ritual and culture. Her artwork is displayed in galleries and distinguished
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[book] Richard Codor's Joyous Haggadah
A Children and Family Cartoon Haggadah for Passover Seder
By Richard Codor and Liora Codor
2010, Loose Line
“A concise modern Haggadah children's haggadah, this is a great family haggadah for beginners or anyone who spends seder night with children. Illustrated in a cartoon style and written in a light humorous manner.” - Alan M. Tigay, Executive Editor, Hadassah Magazine
His Haggadah promises to bridge the greatest divide in the Jewish world: between adults and children. - Peninnah Schram, storyteller and author of Jewish folktales
A delightful romp through the seder. The multi-layered narrative and rituals in this haggadah appeal to the eye, the imagination, the funny-bone, and the occasion. Beginning with the prequel of the Joseph story, continuing until the Israelites gain their freedom, and ending with more symbolic rituals and song, the combination of telling the story and conducting the seder is presented clearly with charming and wacky humor (in both words and visuals). The cartoon-like illustrations not only enhance the story but will also add to a memorable and joy-filled shared family experience
Richard Codor makes a living drawing humorously. His illustrations appear regularly in Hadassah Magazine and he was editorial cartoonist for Crain's NY Business and NY Observer. Liora Codor is a senior staff photographer for Macy's. Click the book cover to read more.

[book] The Seder Night
An Exalted Evening
The Passover Haggadah
With a Commentary Based on the Teachings of Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik
Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, known to all the the Rav, was one of the Torah giants and seminal Jewish thinkers of the twentieth century. For him, the Seder night was a magnificent experience, an exalted evening like no other in the year. Uplifted by the grandeur of the Seder, the Rav filled page after page of his writings and lectures with his extraordinary insights and brilliant analysis of its text, the Haggadah. In an attempt to convey the excitement and inspiration felt by the Rav on the Seder night, many of his most remarkable and penetrating commentaries have been collected in this Haggadah. It includes excerpts from his public lectures, from published works and unpublished tapes, as well as reconstructions of his lectures on the Haggadah and Pesah (the laws of Passover). The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening offers a glimpse into the originality and brilliance of the Rav s teachings as he uncovers new dimensions of meaning and significance in the Haggadah. The Rav taught the senior Talmud lectures at Yeshiva University s Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary for close to fifty years, influencing thousands of students and molding generations of Jewish leaders for the Orthodox and broader Jewish community. His teaching at Yeshiva University, together with his many public lectures, published essays and leadership role in communal affairs, were a major factor in the vibrant growth of Orthodox Judaism in the United States. With his towering intellect and wide-ranging interests, the Rav was a unique figure who combined profound rabbinic scholarship and the ability to define how Torah Judaism could interact with, and confront the challenges of, the modern world. Click the book cover to read more.


[book] The Koren Illustrated Haggada
A Hebrew/English Passover Haggada
2010, Toby Press Koren Publishers Jerusalem
Beautifully illustrated
The Koren Illustrated Haggada reflects two of the core goals of the Pesah seder: to participate in tradition and to derive personal meaning from a collective history. The Haggada presents the traditional Hebrew text in clear Koren Siddur Font with illustrations from the 13th century Erna Michael Haggada, now in the collection of the Israel Museum. Available in several languages, the Haggada will enrich your seder experience.
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[book] The Koren Illustrated Haggada
A Hebrew/Spanish Passover Haggada
(Hebrew Edition) (Paperback)
2010, Koren Publishers Jerusalem
Beautifully illustrated
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[book] Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim
A Passover Story
by Deborah Bodin Cohen
February 2009, Kar-Ben
Ages 4 - 8
Nachshon and his family have been enslaved for generations in Egypt. When they flee from bondage and are at the shore of the Sea with Moses, Nachshon must overcome his fear of water in order to reach freedom. Click the book cover to read more.

[book] The Miracles of Passover
by Josh Hanft and Seymour Chwast
2007, Blue Apple Books
Ages 9 - 12
From Booklist: In clear detail, this picture book tells the history of the Passover holiday and how Jews celebrate it today. Chwast's bright, cartoon-style, line-and-watercolor illustrations extend the story with dramatic scenes of oppression and escape. One double-page spread shows Moses leading his people out of Egypt under the cover of night. Then there is the scene of the parting of the waters, allowing the Jews to cross safely, followed by the sea closing back up on the pursuing soldiers. Lift-the-flap art focuses on the drama of the burning bush, on each of the 10 plagues, and on the meaning of each of the special foods on the seder plate. The story is still clear without the sturdy paper flaps, which may nevertheless tear with heavy circulation, but the interactive format makes this great for family sharing so that even preschoolers will be engaged in the ceremony. Click the book cover to read more.

FOR ALL YOU READERS have wondered about the mystical aspects of the Passover Seder.
By Eliahu Klein
February 2007. North Atlantic Books
Berkeley rabbi, Eliahu Klein, has written this to be aimed at Jews of all traditions. Despite the explosion in popularity of books about mysticism and meditative traditions, there is very little published about the rich and fascinating subject of the Jewish holy days. Passover, the first religious holiday of the Jewish people, particularly deserves to be reviewed from a mystical perspective. A Mystical Haggadah is the first book to provide just that. Featuring a spiritual interpretation of the Seder, the book includes an easy-to-read transliterated text new translations, and commentary. the book also uses a reader-friendly format to examine the Passover ritual through Kabbalistic meditations and affirmations. It includes many Hassidic teachings and stories that have never been presented to the English reading audience. This book explores the mystical, meditative, and empowering aspects of Jewish traditions through one of its most significant holy days. Click the book cover to read more.

[book] 30 Minute Seder
The Haggadah That Blends Brevity With Tradition
by Robert Kopman. Illustrated by Bil Yanok
Thirty Minute Seder
A 30 minute seder in paperback. Families have been known to take liberties with the Haggadah text. Two Arizona entrepreneurs, have made a 30 minute version. Created by boyhood pals Rob Kopman and Bil Yanok, "30 minute-Seder" is billed as "the Haggadah that blends brevity with tradition." In 27 colorful, cleanable booklet pages, their Seder text fulfills what is asked of Jews who celebrate Passover. Yanok, a 49-year-old graphic designer, said "The response has been unbelievably positive." That's 25,000 copies in three months, with one trade show appearance and no advertising budget. Their 30-Minute Seder is a kind of interactive CliffsNotes with minimal Hebrew, but the impetus for the project was not how little time it could take. "I wanted to make the Seder fun," explains Kopman, a 51-year-old insurance agent. "It ought to be engaging -- the prayers. . . . It's such a good story."
The book is also downloadable for $16.95 for unlimited printouts, at
About a year ago, Kopman had thrown together a cut-and-paste version of his Haggadah and put it out for the public. When Yanok saw the "less than perfect product," he offered to redesign and illustrate it. Kopman sought the counsel of Army Col. Bonnie Koppell, a chaplain and Reconstructionist rabbi who serves three Reform congregations in Phoenix (and, coincidentally, grew up just around the corner from Kopman and Yanok in Brooklyn). The three revised the text several times to make sure essential elements weren't left out and that gender-sensitive translations were used. "One thing I found out is that Jewish people can't decide on the right spelling for anything," says Yanok, who is Catholic. They perused more than 3,000 Haggadot in their research. The 30-Minute Seder text includes blessings and explanations about the symbolic Seder plate components. It includes a retelling of the 10 Plagues and the Exodus (in brief), the Four Questions, the song "Dayenu," the welcoming of Elijah the Prophet, and the perennial wish that next year the Seder may take place in Jerusalem. And all four cups of wine are raised -- the whole service, in fact, is finished -- before it's time to eat. Four songs are printed in the back of the book. Kopman adds, "I come from the school of the three-hour Seder. For my personal needs, I won't be using the 30-Minute Seder. But there's no question that it's filling a need out there." Seasoned Seder participants might also miss reciting the lovely, long passages from Deuteronomy, Exodus and Psalms. And this Haggadah opens in the Western way, with the binding on the left, while Hebrew books are bound on the right side. Some customers who have purchased the 30-Minute Seder Haggadot plan to use it on the second night of Passover, after a traditional Seder on the first night. Several churches have placed orders as well. It's a quick Seder," Yanok said. "I don't think we'll get lawsuits that it took 32 minutes." Click the book cover to read more.

Also known as HaLaila Hazeh, In Israel
[book] A Night to Remember
The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices
by Mishael Zion and Noam Zion, Michel Kichka (Illustrator)
February 2007. Zion Holiday
Noam Zion and now his children are becoming a cottage industry for do-it-yourself Jewish holidays and rituals. Noam and his son Mishael Zion offer a Haggadah with so many sources, stories, quotes, illustrations, poetry, and commentary. This guarantees a night of lively exchanges and Jewish and contemporary meaning. A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices is yet another example of the Jewish Renaissance and ritual creativity. It shows the power of cultural dialogue between Israel and America. The beauty of this Haggadah is that you can use it as the family Haggadah, or as an incredibly rich resource to enhance the traditional or modern Haggadot of your choice. In any event, serious Seder leaders from all the denominations will sit down with A Night to Remember days before the Seder to pick and choose what to read and what to do this night, as different than last Seder. I warmly recommend this publication. Not only is it a welcome addition to any Jewish table and library, it is an invaluable tool for promoting Jewish meaning and spirit in an age where we need this multi-vocal, richly textured, inspiring Haggadah. Click the book cover to read more.

[book] Jewish World Family Haggadah
The First Contemporary Passover Haggadah
by Shoshana Silberman
This handsome Haggadah is the first of its kind to use photography to illustrate the annual book of prayers and traditions used in over 6 million Jewish households across America each year. Photographer Zion Ozeri, a Manhattan resident raised in Israel, is acclaimed by organizations around the world for capturing, in some instances, the last Jewish communities in many countries. From India to Iran, he has traveled the world collecting these priceless portraits of a people united by tradition. To illuminate the Haggadah, the annual retelling of the Jewish people's escape from Egypt, Ozeri's photographs are paired with modern testament by noted Jewish scholar and Haggadah expert, Shoshana Silberman, whose A Family Haggadah I and II (Karben) are widely used in Reform and Conservative Jewish family Passover celebrations. Dr. Shoshana Silbermanis the author of A FAMILY HAGGADAH I and II., THE WHOLE MEGILLAH ((ALMOST,) family prayer books, TIKU SHOFARA for the high holidays and SIDDAR SHEMA YISRAEL for the sabbath, and the new FAMILY RHYMES FOR JEWISH TIMES. Click the book cover to read more.

[book] The Lone And Level Sands
by A. David Lewis, Marvin Perry Mann, and Jennifer Rodgers
2006. Archaia Studios Press
Ages 13 and above
Pharaoh Ramses II hasn't seen his long-lost cousin Moses in nearly forty years. Yet while pressed by the Hittites to the North and construction delays in the South, Ramses must make time for this ancient desert rascal, the long-ago mystery he represents, and the impossible demands of an alien deity. Drawing on the Bible, the Qur'an, and historical sources, writer A. David Lewis (Mortal Coils) and artist Marvin Perry Mann (Arcana Jayne) present a retelling of the Book of Exodus through the eyes of the man who is either its greatest leader or its worst villain: a man trying to rule wisely, love his family well, and deal justly in the face of a divine wrath. Click the book cover above to read more.

[book] Dinosaur On Passover
by Diane Levin Rauchwerger, Jason Wolff (Illustrator)
February 2006. Kar Ben
Ages preschool to Kindergarten gan or 4-8
School Library Journal writes: The friendly, oversize creature from Dinosaur on Hanukkah (Lerner, 2005) returns to celebrate Passover with a boy and his family. In silly, rhyming text, the reptile tries to help perform the holiday rituals: removing the forbidden foods, preparing the horseradish, singing the four questions, drinking the wine, retelling the story of the Exodus, eating matzah, searching for the afikomen, and welcoming the prophet Elijah. While his size, enthusiasm, and clumsiness wreak havoc on the family Seder, by the end of the story he is curled up in a heap fast asleep. The illustrations are bright and sophisticated, complementing the cheery mood of the text. A brief endnote explains Passover, but the book will be best enjoyed by children already familiar with the holiday. Click the book cover above to read more.

[book] Matzah Meals
A Passover Cookbook for Kids (Passover)
by Judy Tabs and Barbara Steinberg, and Bill Hauser (Illustrator)
2004. Kar-Ben
Grades 3-6
These 70 recipes follow the Passover dietary laws, and each recipe is clearly labeled as to whether it is meat, dairy or parve (may be used as both). There are three ranges of difficulty, and plentiful safety notes are included. There is a brief retelling of the story of Passover, and the traditional foods served at a Seder are explained. A recipe for matzah cautions that home-baked matzah is not always considered Kosher. Many of the recipes are appropriate for making throughout the year. There is also a section of international meals: matzah pizza, tostados, matzah egg foo young. Line drawings add a humorous note, and the pun of the title and the cover design are added chuckles. Click the book cover above to read more.

[book] Carp in the Bathtub
by Barbara Cohen, Illustrated by Joan Halpern
1987. Kar-Ben
Ages 9 - 12
Leah and her brother hatch a plan to save the carp in their bathtub from the cooking pot. Click the book cover above to read more.

[book] Max's Four Questions
by Bonnie Bader, Bryan Hendrix (Illustrators
February 2006. Grosset & Dunlap
Ages 4 to 8
Max Morris lives in a four story house, is one of four brothers, and has four dogs and four goldfish and 4 parakeets. This book tells the story of Passover through the eyes of Max. Max is the youngest of four brothers and lives in a house with four dogs, four parakeets, and four goldfish-so all the grown-ups are usually too busy to answer his questions. That is, of course, until Passover comes along and he gets to ask the four questions. Little ones will delight in this sweet, funny story that teaches them all about Passover with this lovable main character. Includes stickers to decorate your plate with. Click the book cover above to read more.

[book] Had Gadya
A Passover Song
by Michael Strassfeld
February 2006. Grosset & Dunlap
Ages 4 to 8
From Booklist: K-Gr. 3. With an exuberant traditional shtetl setting showing two children and their family preparing for the Passover seder, Chwast illustrates the folksong that ends the celebration feast. As in much folklore, the drama is violent: the goat is killed by the cat that is bitten by the dog, and so on, until God finally destroys the Angel of Death. In a final note, a rabbi discusses differing interpretations of the song; some commentators accept it as light and fun, while others object to the cycle of horror it portrays or consider it a representation of the Jewish people's triumph over their enemies. The bright, acrylic folk-art paintings express the rhythm of the chant, as the goat and then the other characters are gathered, in appropriately cumulative fashion, across the top of the double-page spreads. The book, complete with musical notation and Hebrew and English words, is bound to add to the pleasure of the seder even as it provokes some lively arguments. Click the book cover above to read more.

[book] More Than Matzah
A Passover Feast of Fun, Facts, and Activities
(Let's Celebrate)
by Debbie Herman, Ann Koffsky
February 2006. Barrons
Ages 4 to 8
Titles in Barron's growing Let's Celebrate Series describe religious and secular holidays, explaining each holiday's origins and history, discussing how it is celebrated today, and suggesting holiday-related projects and activities that kids can take part in. Each spring, beginning on the fifteenth day of the Hebrew month of Nisan, Jews around the world celebrate the holiday of Passover. They set the table with special foods and symbols, read from a book called the Haggadah, and recall the Israelites' Exodus from Egypt, led by Moses more than 3,000 years ago. The first part of this book tells children the story of how Moses was raised in Egypt by the pharaoh's daughter but retained his identity as an Israelite, grew up to become the leader of his people, and eventually led the Israelites toward the Promised Land. The book's second part suggests Passover projects and activities for children, including a Seder-clock decoration, a Seder plate to hold the symbolic Seder foods, and other holiday items. There are also ideas of Passover-related children's games, songs, and more. Handsome color illustrations throughout. Click the book cover above to read more.

[book] Creating Lively Passover Seders
An Interactive Sourcebook of Tales, Texts & Activities
by David Arnow
February 2004. Jewish Lights
A guide to help you invigorate your Seder, create lively discussions, and make personal connections with the Exodus story today. For many people, the act of simply reading the Haggadah no longer fulfills the Passover Seder's purpose: to help you feel as if you personally had gone out of Egypt. Too often, the ritual meal has become predictable, boring, and uninspiring. Creating Lively Passover Seders is an innovative, interactive guide to help encourage fresh perspectives and lively dialogue. This intriguing Haggadah companion offers thematic discussion topics, text study ideas, activities, and readings that come alive in the traditional group setting of the Passover Seder. Each activity and discussion idea aims to: Deepen your understanding of the Haggadah; Provide new opportunities for engaging the themes of the Passover festival, including interactive readings and bibliodrama; Develop familiarity with the Exodus story, as well as the life and times of the people who shaped the development of the Haggadah; Reliving the Exodus is not about remembering an event long ago, but about participating in a conversation that provides hope and strength for the struggle to make tomorrow a brighter day. With this complete resource, you can create more meaningful encounters with Jewish values, traditions, and texts that lead well beyond the Seder itself. Each chapter begins with a short selection from the Haggadah, followed by Arnow's interpretations, ideas for discussion of relevant topics (e.g. miracles, slavery, exile) and suggestions for hands-on activities. Some adults may find these activities cheesy, but Passover has always been a holiday in which children are actively involved, and they will love "marching" from Egypt to the Red Sea, or stepping outdoors mid-meal to gaze at the full moon. Click the book cover above to read more.

[book] Rabbi Jonathan Sacks's Haggadah
Hebrew And English Text With New Essays And Commentary by Jonathan Sacks
by Rabbi Jonathan Sacks
February 2006.
Highly acclaimed author and theologian Chief Rabbi Jonathan Sacks brings his wisdom and unique insight to this version of the Haggadah, which features large, beautiful Hebrew typography side-by-side with an English translation, designed specifically to be easy to use at the Seder table, making this book an ideal companion for use at the Passover meal. It is Sacks's thoughtful annotations, however, which make this Haggadah so special. The qualities that make Rabbi Sacks one of the world's foremost religious leaders - keen intelligence, acute moral sensitivity, and a wide-ranging historical and literary imagination - are here put to the task of explaining in their full richness and scope the fundamental themes of the Pesach story: the concept of a free society, the role of memory in shaping Jewish identity, and the unique connection that exists in Judaism between spirituality and society, giving rise to what he has called a "politics of hope." Click the book cover above to read more.

[book cover click here] Light of Redemption
A Passover Haggadah Based on the Writings of Rav Kook
by Rabbi Gideon Weitzman, founder the Kansas City Community Kollel and served as its first Rosh Kollel
March 2005, URIM
This Passover Haggadah presents the ideas of the great Israeli rabbi and thinker, Rabbi Kook, on the Haggadah and on Passover in general, making them available to the English speaking public for the first time. The full text of the Passover Haggadah appears in the original Hebrew with English translation. The commentary is in English. When the Jews left Egypt they achieved more than just physical freedom. They were now able to flourish and become a nation. This process did not stop, but continues until today. Rav Kook was one of the greatest Jewish leaders and thinkers of recent history. He understood that the Zionist awakenings were the realization of the prophetic visions of rebirth and return. It was in this context that Rav Kook explained Pesach and wrote a commentary on the Haggadah. His poetic and kabbalistic style meant that his writings have been largely inaccessible to the English reader. Rabbi Weitzman presents these ideas in a lucid and readable style that will enhance the understanding of the Seder and will be an excellent addition to any Jewish library. Rabbi Kook (1865-1935), the first Chief Rabbi of modern Israel, is recognized as one of the greatest Jewish leaders and thinkers of the past century. He taught that the gatherings in Israel and Zion were the early realization of the prophetic visions of rebirth and return. The poetic and kabbalistic style of his writings have been largely inaccessible to the English reader. Rabbi Gideon Weitzman is currently the Head of the English Speaking Section of the Puah Institute for Fertility and Gynecology in Accordance with Halachah. He is the author of Sparks of Light, a book of essays on the weekly Torah portion based on the philosophy of Rav Kook, and In Those Days, At This Time, a volume on the festivals based on the philosophy of Rav Kook, as well as many halachic articles. Click on the cover above to read more.

[book cover click here] Moriah Haggadah:
Collector's Edition
by Avner Moriah
Spring 2005, Jewish Publication Society of America
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The illuminated haggadah is the most popular artistic book in Jewish history. The word "haggadah" means recital -- namely, reciting or telling the story of the Exodus from Egypt -- following the biblical exhortation to tell the next generation the story of the redemption of the Israelites. This special collector's edition of The Moriah Haggadah, with art and calligraphy faithfully reproduced from the original hand-painted edition, is enhanced with a clear and precise English translation and commentary. All translations of biblical texts are from the 1917 and 1985 Jewish Publication Society translations of the TANAKAH, which have been modified to make the texts gender sensitive. Avner Moriah's prodigious talent and curiosity, his deep personal identification with the themes of the festival and its special book, and his imaginative visualizations have given rise to an inspiring contemporary interpretation of the ancient Passover story. Moriah imbues the words with captivating modern images and new ways to penetrate its many hidden meanings. Izzy Pludwinski's elegant calligraphy gives the Hebrew characters unique beauty, and the commentary by Shlomo Fox provides new insights into the familiar text. Click on the cover above to read more.

[book cover click here] Leading The Passover Journey
The Seder's Meaning Revealed, The Haggadah's Story Retold.
by Rabbi Nathan Laufer
Spring 2005, Jewish Lights
Everyone Can Rediscover the Meaning of the Seder. In this intriguing and enlightening exploration of the Passover Seder, Rabbi Nathan Laufer uncovers the hidden meaning of the Seder's rituals and customs for everyone interested in or participating in a Seder. He insightfully brings an original, accessible, yet scholarly perspective to understanding the Haggadah text. Unlike other books on the Seder that offer only fragmentary insights into the Seder and the Haggadah, Leading the Passover Journey reveals a unifying theory connecting the fifteen pieces of the Seder and our own contemporary experiencing of the Passover story. Explaining the background and spiritual meaning of many customs and rituals we may have otherwise thought little about-from kadesh (the first cup of wine) to nirtzah (acceptance)-Rabbi Laufer helps you to develop a deeper understanding and a more passionate appreciation of the Passover Seder experience. Leading the Passover Journey will transform your family and friends from reluctant bystanders at the Passover Seder who repeatedly ask "When are we going to eat already?" to enthusiastic, knowledgeable, and active participants in our people's journey toward redemption. Rabbi Nathan Laufer, senior fellow at The Shalem Center in Jerusalem and president emeritus of the Wexner Heritage Foundation, is a graduate of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (REITS) of Yeshiva University and the Fordham University School of Law. Rabbi Laufer teaches and lectures across North America and Israel regarding issues of leadership, Jewish identity and meaning, and the future of American Jewry.

[book cover click here] PASSOVER SPLENDOR
by Barbara Rush
April 2005. Stewart Tabori Chang
Why is this night different from all other nights?" The festival of Passover, which commemorates the liberation of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, is the most widely observed home holiday in the Jewish calendar. The central event of this week-long celebration is the seder feast, held at a table laid with beautiful ritual objects. Crafted especially for festival use, these splendid wine goblets, plates, cloths, and haggadahs offer compelling testimony to the creativity of Jewish ritual objects and the beauty and meaning of this beloved holiday. Passover Splendor showcases more than 60 of the finest of these ritual objects from museums and private collections around the world, reflecting the varied cultural and stylistic influences of the Jewish Diaspora. The book also features a retelling of the timeless Passover story and outlines the parts of the seder, including traditional prayers and songs. This elegant book helps make the seder meal an especially festive event. AUTHOR BIO: Barbara Rush has written and co written 12 books on Jewish folklore and folktales, including The Diamond Tree: Jewish Tales from Around the World, The Lights of Hanukkah (STC), and The Jewish Year: Celebrating the Holidays (STC). Rush, who has an M.A. in Jewish Studies, is a professional teller of Jewish tales. Click the book cover above to read more.

[book cover click here] Around the Family Table
A Comprehensive Bencher and Companion for Shabbat and Festival Meals and other Family Occasions
With insights and commentary
by Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chief Rabbi of Efrat
URIM; Ohr Torah Stone, (May 2005)
Around the Family Table is a practical and inspiring book of devotion and prayer for the Jewish home. Many uplifting and ancient Jewish traditions are rooted in the home and celebrated with the family. This book of prayer and celebration is intended to serve as a guide for meaningful expressions of the Jewish experience at home. Inspiring stories and personal commentary by the author supplement the text throughout. Blessings and songs celebrating the entire year of Jewish festivals and Sabbaths, in Hebrew, with English instructions and translations, make this work of fundamental value for the Jewish home. From the blessings said on festivals and for Hannukah candle lighting to birth celebrations for boys as well as for girls, the marriage ceremony and blessings, prayers for inaugurating a new house, and other momentous life cycle occasions, all are marked with traditional praise and holy words. Rabbi Riskin's sensitivity and unique imprint is present throughout this comprehensive and handy companion. Some of the special additions include the following: Blessings for the children on Yom Kippur eve; Symbolic foods and ceremony for Rosh Hashana; Ushpizin for sukkot meals (welcoming patriarchs and matriarchs); Songs for all festivals Hannukah candle blessings; Eve of Israel Independence Day meal celebration; Tu b'shevat seder; Shalom Zakhar, Shalom Bat; Circumcision ceremony; Redemption of the firstborn; Simhat bat ceremony for baby girls; Dedication of a new home. Click the book cover above to read more.

By Rabbi Kerry Olitzky
JPS. March 2002. Before you get out the haggadot, prepare your heart for Passover. Before you clean your house of crumbs, cleanse your heart. Rid yourself of spiritual hametz. A guidebook to helping you transform yourself for Passover, during Passover, and in the period between Passover and Shavuot.

By Santiago Cohen
Chronicle. March 2004.
Santiago Cohen attended art school in Mexico and holds a master's degree from the Pratt Institute in New York City. In this board book for the youngest children, there are cute colorful drawings that explain the holiday and seder meal in under 16 pages. It begins with a set table, then wine and matzo are added to the place settings (and a dog and a girl); then Haggadahs (Haggadot) are added along with a boy; then the salt water, roasted egg, maror, grandma and an older boy; and then on successive pages, more symbols are added along with rhyming text and the story. The reader can point to different items at the table to reinforce their own commentaries. The rhymes are cute, and include pour/maror; brine/wine; and story/glory. By the final page, we have a full table, a story, a squared-off bottle of wine - hopefully sweet Malaga - and as the candles light we are ready to begin the seder night.
The traditional elements of Passover are presented, one by one, as the Seder table is specially set for the whole family to enjoy Passover together. This rhythmic read-aloud celebrates all of the elements that make this Jewish holiday bright. Bright, folk-art illustrations reflect the warmth and intimacy of the holiday in a book that will familiarize children with the traditions of the Passover Seder.

[book] A Pickles Passover
by Richie Chevat
Simon Spotlight/Nickelodeon (February 1, 2003)
Ages 4-8
Grandpa Boris and Minka lead the Passover seder for Tommy and all the babies and adults, who are there as family and guests. As Boris tells the story, Chuckie wisely wonders, if the Hebrews were in such a hurry to flee Egypt, why they didn't just get fast food at the local Matzoh King. Lil ponders if bitter herbs are like yucky medicine. Angelica mutters that charoses must taste like sticky glue. Look at the illustrations: the pyramids are being built by Hebrew slaves from large lego blocks, and the Egyptians open umbrellas to shield themselves from the plague of frogs and vermin. Part the Red Sea? Chuckie, obviously a wise child, imagines that the sea is being PARTED with a very large hair comb. In the last half of the book, the babies search for the Afikomen (or is it Afiko-women if Angelica finds it?)

[book] Abuelita's Secret Matzahs
by Sandy Eisenberg Sasso, Diana Bryer (Illustrator)
March 2005. Emmis
Ages 4-8
Abuelita (grandma) is descended from "crypto Jews" in New Mexico, people who hid their religion in the 15th and 16th Centuries when they left Spain for Mexico and the new Mexican territories. When her grandson, Jacobo, comes to visit around Easter time, he learns about her avoidance of pork and the secret flat tortillas (no yeast) she traditionally eats at this Springtime religious festival. Peculiar. Then he meets and plays with David. David's family also eats flat bread, lights candles on Friday night, and avoids pork. They are Jewish and celebrate Passover, not Easter. Jacobo, like David, asks a lot of questions. But unlike at a seder, there is no Ha Lachman Anya... abuelita keeps quiet. But after continued question, abuelita relents and tells him the story of hidden Jews. A lovely multicultural and historical story. The book ends with a recipe for Jacobo's favorite Sopa (although it is not a Passover soup since it uses leavened bread)

[book] The Matzo Ball Boy
by Lisa Shulman, Rosanne Litzinger (Illustrator)
Winter 2005. Dutton Juvenile
Ages 4-8
One day, the author, Lisa Shulman (author and a former classroom teacher), was making soup while her daughters read the Gingerbrad Man story. OY! BING! SHMING! Inspiration. The Matzo Ball Boy was born. With lovely deep reds and oranges, chicken soup yellows, and forest greens, we read the story of a childless bube, who is preparing for a lonely Passover meal. A shanda. When, oy, her matzo ball comes alive. Boy, Shmoy he tells her. He is a man, and off to make his way in the world and not in a soup bowl. He runs and she gives chase. As does the tailor, the rabbi, the yenta, and a wolf that is not as smart as he thought. In the forest, the matzo ball boy gets tired and hungry, when he meets up with a poor man who isn't interested in giving chase. Let all who are hungry come and meet, so the boy comes to the poor man's cottage. When the matzo ball boy leans over to check out the poor family's soup... This humorous tale is a must have for your seder table or bookcase. Includes not a "glass tea" but something better, a glossary of 14 Jewish words. SPOILER.. Was he pushed? Did he fall? Or maybe he saw this poor family and knew it was a mitvah to make their Hag a good one?

[book cover] The Holistic Haggadah
How Will You Be Different This Passover Night?
by Michael Kagan
Urim. March 2004.
THE HOLISTIC HAGGADAH is a fascinating guide to the inner journey that the Passover Seder evening offers us. It is a daring commentary that challenges each of us to go down into our self-imposed Mitzrayim (Egypt) and face our attachments and the false gods that confine us. It then beckons us forth to true freedom and a more meaningful relationship between ourselves and God. Besides the ritual question - "How is this night different from all other nights?" - the most common question asked at the Seder table is probably, "When is the food coming?" The Holistic Haggadah asks deeper questions: "How are you going to be different this night? How are you prepared to let this night change you?" This commentary incorporates a holistic approach to Judaism, which activates the four worlds of the individual: the world of action, the world of emotion, the world of intellect and the world of spirit. It weaves a beautiful tapestry, illuminating the treasures available to us within Passover and the yearly festival cycle. It is the hope that this Haggadah will find a place in the hearts of all those whose souls, regardless of denomination, yearn for greater depths and higher vistas, and will provide spiritual sustenance not only on Passover but the entire year.
From The Holistic Haggadah: "The Alienated Child is angry. With compassion and understanding must come the answer. Help the child soften. Explain that a rejection of the Divine is a rejection of Self; that giving up leads to self-condemnation in the crucible of enslavement; that there are many questions but not necessarily corresponding answers. The entire evening, in fact, can be seen as being dedicated to this dejected and rejecting child."
"Hametz is bread - soft, delicious bread. It consists mainly of empty space produced by a gas that does not sustain human life. Its great volume is an illusion of its true essence. Hametz is symbolic of our inflated, swollen egos - mostly hot air."
Includes the full traditional Passover Haggadah text in Hebrew with a new translation and original commentary in English by Michael Kagan. Includes translations of Hallel and Blessings over the Meal by Reb Zalman Schachter-Shalomi includes illustrations by Sandra Pond.

[book] Make Your Own Passover Seder
A New Approach to Creating a Personal Family Celebration
by Alan Abraham and Jo Kay
2004. Jossey-Bass
PW writes, "Passover novices will enjoy this creative, step-by-step how-to guide, written entirely in English and geared for today's families. The Kays provide very basic information about all the components of preparing and hosting a seder, from selecting a Haggadah to planning different types of menus. The book's second half walks readers through the 15 elements of the seder experience. The authors show a special sensitivity for interfaith and interracial families, and a slightly earthy-crunchy slant. (Alongside the traditional pre-Passover-search-and-destroy mission for leaven, for example, they suggest purging the home of any products that may have been tested on animals.) Particularly helpful are the "tip" boxes scattered throughout the book, sharing practical and personal suggestions from real-life seder celebrants. The Kays also offer recipes, songs, stories, a glossary of terms and numerous referrals to other books for information about specific aspects of the seder experience." Click the book cover above to read more.

[book] The Women's Seder Sourcebook:
Rituals and Readings for Use at the Passover Seder
by Sharon Cohen Anisfeld (Editor), Tara Mohr (Editor), Catherine Spector (Editor)
Jewish Lights. April 2003. In 1993, a group of Yale students gathered for a women's Seder. This is their revised Haggadah AND SOURCEBOOK. Includes contributions from Contributors include: Dr. Rachel Adler Rabbi Renni S. Altman Dr. Rebecca T. Alpert Zoe Baird Dr. Evelyn Torton Beck Susan Berrin Senator Barbara Boxer Dr. Esther Broner Rabbi Nina Beth Cardin Tamara Cohen Anita Diamant Dr. Carol Diament Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Ph.D. Eve Ensler Dr. Marcia Falk Merle Feld Rabbi Susan P. Fendrick Rabbi Tirzah Firestone Dr. Ellen Frankel Nan Fink Gefen Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg Rabbi Lynn Gottlieb Dr. Susannah Heschel Rabbi Karyn D. Kedar Rabbi Naamah Kelman Naomi Klein Irena Klepfisz Maxine Kumin Rabbi Noa Rachel Kushner Rabbi Joy Levitt Hadassah Lieberman Ruth W. Messinger Dr. Faye Moskowitz Dr. Alicia Suskin Ostriker Dr. Judith Plaskow Marge Piercy Dr. Rachel Naomi Remen Anne Roiphe Danya Ruttenberg Rabbi Sandy Eisenberg Sasso The Honorable Jan Schakowsky Rabbi Susan Schnur Rabbi Susan Silverman Dr. Ellen M. Umansky Rabbi Sheila Peltz Weinberg Dr. Chava Weissler Cantor Lorel Zar-Kessler.

[book] The Women's Passover Companion:
Women's Reflections on the Festival of Freedom
by Sharon Cohen Anisfeld (Editor), Tara Mohr (Editor), Catherine Spector (Editor)
Jewish Lights. February 2003. A powerful--and empowering--gathering of women's voices transmitting Judaism's Passover legacy to the next generation. The Women's Passover Companion offers an in-depth examination of women's relationships to Passover as well as the roots and meanings of women's seders. This groundbreaking collection captures the voices of Jewish women--rabbis, scholars, activists, political leaders, and artists--who engage in a provocative conversation about the themes of the Exodus and exile, oppression and liberation, history and memory, as they relate to contemporary women's lives. Whether seeking new insights into the text and tradtions of Passover or learning about women's seders for the first time, both women and men will find this collection an inspiring introduction to the Passover season and an eye-opening exploration of questions central to Jewish women, to Passover, and to Judaism itself. Contributors include: Martha Ackelsberg Judith R. Baskin Ruth Behar Esther Broner Kim Chernin Phyllis Chesler Judith Clark Tamara Cohen Dianne Cohler-Esses Ophira Edut Leora Eisenstadt Merle Feld Lynn Gottlieb Leah Haber Bonna Devora Haberman Susannah Heschel Norma Baumel Joseph Chavi Karkowsky Janna Kaplan Ruth Kaplan Erika Katske Sharon Kleinbaum Lori Lefkovitz Haviva Ner-David Carol Ochs Vanessa L. Ochs Judith Plaskow Letty Cottin Pogrebin Lilly Rivlin Judith Rosenbaum Sandy Eisenberg Sasso Leah Shakdiel Ela Thier Judith Wachs Margaret Moers Wenig Jenya Zolot-Gassko Avivah Gottlieb Zornberg

[book] The Passover Seder
by Emily Sper
February 2003. Ages 3-7. Scholastic. From the innovative creator of Hanukkah: A Counting Book in English, Hebrew, and Yiddish comes The Passover Seder. There's no other book like this in the marketplace! Along with a simple retelling of the Passover story, this novelty book takes readers through a hands-on seder experience. Open a Hagaddah; turn a seder plate to match symbolic foods; lift the napkin and "break" the middle matzah; touch matzah, parsley and a pillow; pour drops of wine to symbolize the ten plagues; help the Jews cross the Red Sea; search for the hidden afikomen; and open the door to welcome Elijah the Prophet.

by Francice Medoff
February 2003. Ages 3-8. Karben. Updated from 1983. A mouse lives in a wheatfield. A special matzah crop is being harvested. The mouse watches the process.

[book] The Gurs Hagadah:
Passover in the Midst of Perdition
by Bella Gutterman, and Naomi Morgernstern
February 2003. How do you live a "normal" life in a Concentration Camp? The Gurs Camp (technically called a "detention" camp) in southwestern France was the testing ground for thousands of Jews attempting to pit their belief in God and themselves against the inhumanity of war. Here, in 1941, the inmates decided to hold a Seder on Passover, the Holiday of Freedom, in order to declare their own freedom from the terror of oppression. Replete with photographs, and featuring a facsimile of the actual Haggadah recreated from memory and used in the camp, The Gurs Haggadah sheds light on a little known camp where, despite the stresses and sub-human conditions, the people enriched their own lives by organizing both religious and cultural activities while suffering under the yoke of Nazi brutality. Click to read more.

[book] The Journey Continues :
The Ma'yan Passover Haggadah by Tamara R. Cohen (Editor)
The newest edition of the Journey Continues has a new format and full color illustrations. With its emphasis on the role of women in the Exodus story, The Journey Continues weaves together songs, poetry and readings that are both traditional and new. It includes gender inclusive English blessings and transliterated Hebrew as well as both traditional and feminine Hebrew blessing. This new edition contains explicit directions and suggestions for activism. Words of songs written specifically for The Journey Continues by acclaimed composer and singer Debbie Friedamn are included in the Haggadah. Read more about the format by clicking.

By Sue Levi Elwell
CCAR. February 2002. The Essential Jewish Travel Guide??? Yes. Because this Haggadah transports you to the past and to present and future of Jewish life. Lots of readings, classic and innovative. Miriams cup and womens voices. Gender inclusive language. 40 pages of music.

By Sol Sharfstein
KTAV. Winter 2002. Preceding an interesting story about the author's seder that was held in 1944 during a London blitz, is a standard Haggadah with explanatory notes.

By Jody Hirsh, Idy Goodman, Addie Goldenholz, and Susan Roth
from the Milwaukee JCC. Winter 2002. Foreword by Rabbi Jospeh Telushkin. A fun intro to Shabbat and 10 other Jewish holidays Click to read more.

[book] THE MATZA MAN - A Passover story
By Naomi Howland
For ages 4 to 7. Clarion. March 2002
A Passover story based on the classic story of the Gingerbread man. A baker makes a little man of dough. Everyone prepares for Pesach, but get involved in trying to chase the runaway matzah man. Click to read more.

[book cover click here] WHAT I LIKE ABOUT PASSOVER
By Varda Livney
For ages 3 to 6. Simon and Schuster. Jan 2002
A BOARD BOOK for young readers follows a young girl and what she likes about the holiday of Pessover. Goes through seder plate, haggadah, family, etc. Click to read more.

[book cover click here] MY FIRST PASSOVER BOARD BOOK
For ages 2 to 5. DK. Jan 2002
A Passover story and its key concepts and plagues in board book format. Click to read more.

[book cover click here] PEARL'S PASSOVER. A Family Celebration Through Stories, Recipes, Crafts, and Songs
Jane Briskin Zalben
For ages 3 to 7. S&S. Jan 2002
Pearl prepares for Passover and the reader learns about the holiday. Includes recipe and craft projects (matzoh cover) . Click to read more.

[book] The New York Times Passover Cookbook: More Than 175 Holiday Recipes from Top Chefs and Writers by Linda Amster (Editor), and Joan Nathan
Hardcover - 384 pages (March 1999) William Morrow & Company. Each year, thousands of readers of The New York Times await a Wednesday "Dining In/Dining Out (DiDo)" section that appears in the week or so preceding the Jewish holiday of Passover. They want to read about time-honored/traditional and updated/newer holiday recipes that give one a taste of the holiday, conform to dietary rules, and provide a aura of rebirth and freedom. Linda Amster, a DiDo section regular, has compiled the most exciting recipes in this Passover Cookbook; sure to become a classic. Had she only included Wolfgang Puck's Los Angeles seder recipes... Dayenu, it would have been enough. Had she only then added Paul Prudhommes Pesach veal roast... Dayenu, that too would have been enough to make this worthwhile. And what about Anne Rosenzweig recipe for haroseth? Dayenu. We get 175 recipes. They are all in this book. I doubt that I will ever prepare a tenth of the recipes in the book, yet it is an exciting read none the less.
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A Worldwide Celebration of Stories, Songs, Customs, Crafts, Food, and Fun by Barbara Rush, Cherie Karo Schwartz
Paperback - 384 pages (February 2000) Jewish Publication Society.
Passover is focused on kids and telling the story. Passover has a lot of fours. There are four cups, four sons/children, and four questions, so therefore the book has four PARTS and four CHAPTERS in each PART. Part One is the TELLING (haGaddah) of The Story; Part Two is Preparing for the Seder; Part Three is At The Seder; and Part Four is Concluding The Seder. Each chapter in the Parts is filled with stories, games, explanations, songs, insights, recipes, and craft projects. For example, in Chapter One, the Exodus story is introduced to the reader with stories, songs (an Exodus rap), midrash stories, a riddle, a game ("I am packing for the Exodus, I am taking an Apple, Bitter Herbs, C..., D..."), and a craft project (make a mural). The Chapter for the plagues tells how to make a plague puppet. In the Chapter on Miriam and the Hebrew Women, the reader can learn to make a tambourine. In Chapter 7, On The Seder plate, you learn about maror and betzah customs from around the world, learn to make charoses, or a charoset pyramid, or play a "nut" game. Plus there is a recipe for red yemenite eggs. Chapter 8 on Matzah contains matzah customs, recipes, riddles, and folkstories. In Chapter 9, learn to make a "Four Questions" kippah to wear. In Chapter 10, on Dayenu, you can learn to add new stanzas for your own updated Dayenu, or make a micrography, or perform an interesting custom with scallions. In Capter 14, learn about modern Exoduses. And in Chapter 16, learn classic and new songs from Adir Hu, Ehad Mi Yodei-a, QUEN SUPIESE, Had Gadya, and Lo Yisa Goy. A must for any household with kids.
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[book] A Survivor's Haggadah by Yosef Dov Sheinson and Saul Touster (Editor). Woodcuts by Miklos Adler
JEWISH PUBLICATION SOCIETY (March 2000). At a DP (displaced persons) Camp in Munchen (Munich) Germany, a year after the end of WWII, a seder was held. It was a year after liberation from the Nazi death camps. A unique haggadah was used, and then forgotten. This is a recreation of that haggadah that was rediscovered in 1996, that was filled with disturbing woodcuts. In addition to the standard haggadah, personal lines were inserted, such as in addition to being slaves to Pharoah in Egypt, "we were slaves to Hitler in Germany." The heart of the work was not created by a group or organization but by one dedicated man, Lithuanian teacher and writer Yosef Dov Sheinson, who not only wrote the haggadah but also designed it. Brandeis Emeritus Professor Saul Touster provides not only the history behind this haggadah but also an incisive commentary that reveals the startling emotional depth the words and illustrations possess. A collectors item, for sure.
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[book] THE CARLEBACH HAGGADAH. Seder Night With Reb Shlomo Carlebach by Chaim Stefansky (Editor)
February 2001. 182 pages. New for 2001, The Carlebach Haggadah, a Haggadah for the neshama. It is a traditional haggadah for his "sweet, heilige, holy, beautiful friends," in RIGHT to LEFT format, with Hebrew texts on the right pages and facing English translations on the left pages. There are no transliterations. At the bottom of each page is the reason to buy this book. They are the teachings and stories of the late singer, teacher, and composer Reb Shlomo Carlebach. The editors of this Haggadah have compiled some of the Rabbi's teachings from his concerts, shiurim, kumsitz sessions, and holiday celebrations. What I liked best about this Haggadah was its feeling of joy (you get that feeling from the start just from the Hebrew font that editors use for the text), and from the stories which essentially reinforce the idea of freedom, striving, and the joy of freedom from various slaveries. The Carlebach Haggadah opens with a search for the Chametz. Prior to beginning the seder text, there are illustrations of three seder plate arrangements (according to the Vilna Gaon, the Ari, and the Rama). His stories relate to the Haggadah text in most cases. For the Maggid (This is the bread of affliction), the associated stories are about those who are hungry for physical, or spiritual, food, and Avraham's biblical hospitality. For Ma Nishtana, there is a story from a Warsaw Ghetto seder. The story for Avadim Hayeenu (We were slaves) compares how the Hebrews were freed with other redemptions. For the Four CHILDREN, Carlebach defines the children as good, best, clever, and not so clever, and shows how the RaSHa contains the letter SHin and what that may actually connote, and how the clever may be too intellectual and not spiritual enough. For Motzi Matzah there is a story about Carlebach's father and a matza baker during WWI. For the main meal, there is an appropriate story about meals that may contain chametz but still be kosher. The Haggadah closes with a four page glossary of terms, a teaching from Reb Nachman of Bratslav, Hallel, Birkat Hamazon, the Counting of the Omer, Echad Mi Yodea, Adir Hu, and Uv'cheyn Viyhee Ba'chatzee Ha'Leila, with storied commentaries on their paragraphs and meanings.

[book] Let My People Eat! Passover Seders Made Simple by Zell J. Schulman, Herbert Bronstein
Hardcover - 210 pages (April 1998) The first Passover Seder cookbook that not only takes readers through the ceremony, but also features six Seder menus to suit individual religious backgrounds, diets, budgets, and time constraints, "Let My People Eat!" really does make Passover Seders simple. Includes a chapter on kosher wines and food pairings.
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[book] The Complete Passover Cookbook by Frances R. Avrutick
In 19 chapters, spiced with history and laced with lore, the author shows how to make every Passover dish a succulent delight--from tempting hors d'oeuvres to elegant main dishes to luscious desserts and pastries.
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[book] 1,001 Q & A About Passover by Jeffrey Cohen
Hardcover - 363 pages (June 1996). Rabbi Jeffrey Cohen presents the first comprehensive volume of its kind. He provides as much information as possible on every aspect of the festival of Pesach. It also features Seder quiz questions and activities for kids.
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[book] In Every Generation: A Treasury of Inspiration for Passover and the Seder by Sidney Greenberg (Editor), Pamela Roth (Editor)
Hardcover (March 1998) Sidney Greenberg is one of my favorite rabbi's. This is a fabulous book.
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[book] The Art of Jewish Living : The Passover Seder by Ron Wolfson
Paperback - 352 pages. Jewish Lights. Explains the concepts behind Passover ritual and ceremony in clear, easy-to-understand language, and guides you with step-by-step procedures for observance and preparing the home for the holiday. Easy-to-Follow Format. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] Keeping Passover: Everything You Need to Know to Bring the Ancient Tradition to Life and Create Your Own Passover Celebration by Ira Steingroot
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[book] The Secrets of the Haggadah: A Commentary on the Passover Haggadah by Matityahu Glazerson
Paperback - 188 pages (April 1996). Read more about the format by clicking
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[book] Haggadah and History : A Panorama in Facsimile of Five Centuries of the Printed Haggadah from the Collections of Harvard University and the Jewish Theological Seminary of America (JTS) by Professor Yosef Hayim Yerushalmi
Hardcover - 500 pages (October 1997) Jewish Publication Society. This volume offers, for the first time, a panoramic view of the evolution of that most popular and beloved of Jewish classics, the Passover Haggadah, from the beginnings of Hebrew printing in the 15th century to the present day. Read more about the format by clicking
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Of course, most people have their classic Haggadahs going back for decades, and their Maxwell House, wine stained ones. But for those buying new ones, the best-selling Haggadahs in the USA in 2000-2001 were:
1. A Family Haggadah, Version 2, by Shoshana Silberman
2. A Passover Haggadah, by Herbert Bronstein
3. Haggadah: A Celebration of the Seder Ceremony by Rabbi Marc-Alain Ouaknin
4. A Family Haggadah, Version 1, by Shoshana Silberman
5. A Passover Haggadah, by Elie Wiesel, etal

[book] A Night of Questions: A Passover Haggadah by Rabbi Joy Levitt (Editor), Rabbi Michael Strassfeld (Editor), and Jeffrey Schrier (Illustrator)
The Reconstructionist Movements newest Haggadah. Paperback - 160 pages (February 22, 2000). Three years in the making, it sold out in just a few weeks in February 2000. Includes Miriam's Cup, gender neutral language, the four children (not sons), and new traditions. It also includes the story of Moses, which is not discussed in traditional Haggadot. Read more about the format by clicking below
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By Rabbi Marc Alain Ouaknin and 50 watercolor illustrations by Gerard Garouste
March 2001. 220 pages. A haggadah in English and Hebrew with a practical guide for conducting a seder, and an explanation of symbols and rituals.

[book] A Passover Haggadah by Leonard Baskin (Illustrator), Herbert Bronstein (Editor)
Paperback - 123 pages (June 1994) Central Conference of American Rabbis.
Gender neutral. Based in Right-to-Left format. Lots of English leader-and-group responsive readings. Contains Hebrew sections with English translations, and also transliterations for the blessings. The Four Questions are not transliterated, but in English and Hebrew. The Four Children are children, not SONS. Dayenu is in Hebrew and English, no transliteration. There is a full Grace After Meals in Hebrew and Hallel is in Hebrew and English. Contains 25 pages of music. Read more about the format by clicking

[book] The Telling Including the Women's Haggadah by E. M. Broner, Naomi Nimrod and
Now in paperback, the fascinating story of a group of Jewish women who journey to spirituality through community and ceremony as they expand the dimensions of the traditional passover to include and acknowledge the contributions of women, from the past and present, who have shaped Judaism. Complete with Broner's acclaimed feminist Haggadah.
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[book] A Passover Haggadah
by Elie Wiesel, Mark Podwal (Illustrator)
Paperback - 1993. Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel graces the miraculous tale of the Haggadah with his inspired, poetic interpretations, reminiscences, and instructive retellings of ancient legends that interweave past and present. His commentaries printed in red (for example, for the Four Sons, he comments on the idea of Four Generations and the transmittal of heritage from knowing to not-knowing), while the classic Hebrew and English text of the traditional haggadah are in black ink. Right to Left format. There are no transliterations

[book] Gates of Freedom; A Passover Haggadah by Chaim Stern, Todd Silver (Illustrator), Eugene B. Borowitz (Designer)
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TIDBIT: Did you know that since Johann Gutenberg perfected the printing process (440 years ago), over 4,000 printed editions of Pesach Haggadot have been published. From the one in 1526 from Prague that has an illustration of Abraham crossing the Euphrates to one from Venice and Mantua that show him in a gondola to one from 1560 that shows he wise son as a copy of Michelangelo's Sistine Chapel portrait of Jeremiah to one from 1846 from Bombay that is in Marathi. For more info, see Haggadah and History by Yerushalmi. [book] Haggadah from Bondage to Freedom by Rabbi Twerski
1995. Haggadah with commentaries from a psychological point of view. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] The Tree Trunk Seder by Camille Kress
UAHC Press. Hardcover - 7 pages. A board book for ages 2-5. A squirrel family enjoys a seder. Once they were slaves and now they are free. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] Why on This Night? : A Passover Haggadah for Family Celebration by Rahel Musleah, Louise August (Illustrator)
Reading Level ages 4 thru 8. A Haggadah for children, printed on rice paper (so don't eat it unless you a Sephardic). Pictures the seder as a game. The Haggadah is the rule book, the table is the game board. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] The Women's Haggadah by Naomi Nimrod (Contributor), E. M. Broner
Paperback - 1994. This has been a photocopied UNDERGROUND classic since its appearance in Ms. magazine in 1977, this celebration of women's history has been photocopied and shared by thousands of women. An original, scholarly, and poetic work--a woman's telling of the Passover story--it is the heart of the Seder in Broner's acclaimed book The Telling. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] The Journey Continues; Ma'ayan Passover Haggadah by Tamara R. Cohen (Editor), Deborah L. Friedman (Editor)
Paperback (March 1997) Jewish Lights Publishing. Some days I wish I were a woman only so that I could attend the Ma'ayan women's classes in NYC. Special features include: gender neutral English blessings; Hebrew blessings in both traditional form and in feminist G-d language; transliterated Hebrew; and music by the famed composer/singer Debbie Friedman. Read more about the format by clicking.
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[book] The Illuminated Haggadah: Featuring Medieval Illuminations from the Haggadah Collection of the British Library by Michael Shire)
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[book] The Ashkenazi Haggadah: A Hebrew Manuscript of the Mid-15th Century from the Collections of the British Library by Joel Ben Simeon, David Goldstein (Introduction)
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[book] The Agam Haggadah Moshe Kohn (Translator), Yaacov Agam (Illustrator)
Paperback - 120 pages (January 1997). Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] The Dancing with Miriam Haggadah: A Jewish Women's Celebration of Passover
by Elaine Moise, Rebecca Schwartz
The Dancing with Miriam Haggadah is a groundbreaking work of creativity and spirituality, yet strongly connected to the tradition. The Dancing with Miriam Haggadah contains original prayers, commentary, poetry, music and art. The traditional Passover symbols appear, but they are experienced and interpreted with a feminist understanding of life, history and the earth. Read more about the format by clicking

[book] Like An Orange on a Seder Plate: Our Lesbian Haggadah
by Ruth Simkin
from the back cover "Not so very long ago, a woman wanted to know why women can't be up on the bimah (altar) holding the torah. She asked the rabbi why this was so. The "learned rabbi" responded, stroking his beard: "A woman should be on a bimah like an orange should be on the Seder plate!" Now, each year at Passover, we give to an orange the place of honor on our Seder plate. " Dr. Simkin encourages women to make up meaningful rituals which incorporate the old and the new, the traditional and the radical, the familiar and the courageous. She takes great pleasure in celebrating her lesbian feminist views of her Jewishness and in sharing them with her family and friends. Dr. Simkin, is a physician specializing in Palliative Care, and currently lives in Victoria, BC.

[book] A Different Night. The Family Participation Haggadah
by Noam Zion, David Dishon
Paperback - 160 pages (January 1997) from the Shalom Hartman Institute in Yerushalayim and Rabbi David Hartman. 180 pages. Reads Right to Left. As the authors write, it is a Haggadah to grow with, year after year. Each seder can be different from the prior years, by selecting new readings. The Haggadah is tagged with shortcuts for those who want to conduct a quick seder, but not to miss the educational spirit of the process. The Bare Bones Basic Seder readings are tagged with a BBB diamond symbol (think of the symbol of hot and spicy on a Chinese menu). The haggadah opens with Erev Pesach and the Search for Chametz, followed by the burning of the Chametz. The haggadah also explains Chametz as a symbol of personal arrogance in its commentaries. The right facing pages are the seder. The left facing pages are commentaries and tidbits. The seder is presented in Hebrew with English translations. The blessings and major paragraphs (such as Ha lachma Anya) have English transliterations also. The Four sons are rendered as Four CHILDREN, as well as a commentary on whether labeling children is dynamic or static, and whether Abram would have been labeled a rebellious child since he founded monotheism against his father's wishes. It is followed by six pages of the Four Children in Art, 1920-1988. This haggadah also includes sections for Shifra and Puah, the Heroic women who saved Moses and other babies. The MAGGID or Symposium section contains selections for the assembled on a variety of topics, such as Sexual liberation, Resistance, Rabbinics, Assimilation, Antisemitism, Oppression, or the Wandering Jews. Or make up your own Symposium one year. The Ten plagues includes a commentary on a Pacifist's view of the plagues. Dayenu is in English, Hebrew, and transliteration. It is followed by a Dayenu of contemporary stanzas in English. The Haggadah includes the Grace After Meals, Hallel, and Sfirat Ha Omer. It closes with Kee Lo Naeh, Adeer Hu, Echad Mee Yodaia, Chad gadya, Hatikva, Jerusalem of Gold (Shemer), selections from Song of Songs, and three songs for Peace. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] The Schocken Passover Haggadah by Nahum N. Glatzer (Editor)
Paperback Expanded edition (April 1996). For me, Passover is not passover until I have read a Professor Glatzer commentary on the festival. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] The American Heritage Haggadah by Rabbi David Geffen (Editor), and Stuart E. Eizenstat (Designer)
Hardcover - 120 pages (January 1997) Gefen Books. This hardcover Haggadah is a great addition to anyone's collection. It is in RIGHT TO LEFT format. In Hebrew text, and English translation. No transliterations. The Hebrew text is a direct copy of an actual American Haggadah from 1857. In addition to presenting a traditional haggadah, Rabbi Geffen presents stories, illustrations, and tidbits from American Jewish Passover history. He includes copies of Passover products' ads and Haggadahs that were offered by banks, butchers, soft drink companies, other beverage companies, and other commercial concerns. For example, there is a matzah baking illustration from 1858, an ad for Dr Brown's Celery Tonic from 1924, a 1935 Passover cruise ad from Cunard, a photo of Rabbi Philip Goodman conducting a seder for the U.S. Army in 1942, a photo of an Army seder aboard a Pullman train car in 1920, color photos of American seder plates, a label from a pesach wine bottle from San Francisco in 1875, a suggested seal of the United State from 1776 that showed the Hebrews crossing the Sea, a label from matzahs that are permitted to be eaten on Wheatless days (by order of an administrator named Herbert Hoover in 1918), handbills for Passover Coca Cola in the 1930's, a copy of Georgia Governor Eugene Talmadge's Passover Pardon of a Jewish prisoner in 1933, and a copy of an ad for a 1921 State Bank Passover Savings club (let a savings plan free you from financial bondage). For the Four Sons, Geffen shows renderings of the four sons from haggadahs dating from 1879, 1920, 1950, 1972 (Soviet Jewry movement), and children's model seders. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] A Childrens Haggadah by Howard I. Bogot, and Robert J. Orkand, Devis Grebu (Illustrator)
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[book] Passover Haggadah: The Feast of Freedom
Edited by Rachel Anne Rabbinowicz (Editor) and the Rabbinical Assembly
Paperback 2nd edition (March 1982) United Synagogue of America. Yes, This is the standard Haggadah of the CONSERVATIVE movement in America. It reads RIGHT to LEFT. 144 Pages. Opens with a page for Erev Pesah, the Search for Hametz, and a page on the deeper meaning of Hametz in our "puffed up" subverted lives. The seder readings follow in Hebrew text with facing English translations. The margins of the Hebrew pages and English pages are filled with running commentaries and quick tidbits that can be read by the leaders and those assembled at the table. There are many nuggets in here. For example, the commentary on the response to the "wicked child" teaches that the words actually mean "set his teeth on edge." Of course, the commentary advises that one shouldn't physically hit, but just use a witty retort. Or in one coment we learn how the heck Miriam and other slaves happened to have timbrels. There are no Transliterations. The Four Sons are rendered as Four CHILDREN. Contains both a Full Grace after Meals and a Short Version. Contains a section on the Holocaust and the slavery of the last century. Contains Hallel and Counting of the Omer. Closes with Ki Lo Na'eh, Adir Hu, Ehad Mi Yadeia, Had Gadya, Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] The Family Haggadah
by Ellen Schecter (Editor), Neil Waldman (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 9-12 Paperback - 80 pages (February 1999) Viking
Family members of all ages can participate in the Seder celebration with this traditional yet contemporary guide to the Passover Seder. Illustrated step-by-step guidelines make participation a meaningful, hands-on experience for children and adults alike. It has an appealing colorful cover and reads from LEFT to RIGHT. It is written for families with children, and is filled with read-aloud sections. It opens with a search for the Hametz. The Hagadah follows the standard seder. The text is in ENGLISH and the main blessings are in Hebrew script, English translation, and transliterated Hebrew. For the Four questions, it includes a page of music, and for Dayenu, it also includes a page of music. The seder includes a paragraph for Miriam's Cup. It omits the standard Hallel and Grace after Meals. It explains "Next Year in Jerusalem" as a hope to either be in Jerusalem physically, or to be in a world of peace, freedom, and plenty. The book closes with Khad Gadya.
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[book] A Family Haggadah II, by Shoshana Silberman. Illustrated by K J Kahn
In Every Generation
64 pages. RIGHT TO LEFT. In green, red and black text. Includes mostly English readings and translations with some Hebrew for the most well known paragraphs (Avadim Hayeenu, blessings) and English transliterations for blessings. The English in non sexist and within the grasp of school age children. Certain passages are tagged with icons to note "songs", "plan ahead activities", and "for young children." It opens with a Seder checklist to make sure you have all the items for a good seder. The seder text follows. The Four Sons are Four Children. Children are prompted to tell the table hoe they would explain Passover to each of the four children. Dayenu is abbreviated and in English. Includes English Grace and Counting of the Omer, and an abbreviated Hallel. Includes Adir Hu, Echad Mi Yodea, Chad Gadya, A Fifth Cup for Israel, and Hatikva. Most of the readings are in English

[book] Breslov Haggadah by Yehoshua Starret, Chaim Kramer, Moshe Mykoff (Editor)
Hardcover (January 1989). Excellent. Rich with commentaries by Rabbi Nachman. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] The New Annotated Passover Haggadah by Nathan Goldberg
The classic red and yellow soft-covered haggadah from Ktav

[book] MALBIM HAGGADAH Translated by J Taub
Hardcover - 320 pages 1st edition (February 1993)
There can be no Answer without a Question.
So opens the Malbim Haggadah. Over 300 pages. First published in Warsaw in 1883, with a commentary on the Haggadah by Rabbi Naftali Maskil LeAison, in the style of the Malbim. A Traditional Right to Left haggadah, compiled by Rabbi Taub of Mercaz ha Torah and Ohr Yerushalayim in Israel. It is a straightforward reading of the seder text with analysis. Also known as the Medrash Haggadah. The book opens with an overview analysis essay (Maama Yesod Musad) from 1894 of the "secret structure" of the seder. It is a good addition to anyone's collection of haggadahs, and is a good reference for the seder leader or anyone who wishes to expound upon the ideas presented during the seder. It includes the Hebrew seder, with an English translation. Most of the pages are filled with pshat commentaries on the words and ideas of the seder paragraphs. For example, The FOUR QUESTIONS are in Hebrew, and faced with an English translation, and surrounded by seven pages of commentary on them.

Edited by KOLATCH
About 100 pages. Read right to left in Hebrew text, facing Engolish translation, and English transliterations for blessings, some songs, and a few opening paragraphs. Includes reponsive readings in English as well as instructions for the leaders for the recitations. Includes "Let My People Go" For Dayenu, an Englsh responsive reading is included. Includes the Counting of the Omer blessings, Hallel, and Grace After Meals.

Edited by KOLATCH
48 pages instead of Kolatch's more traditional 100 pages. An Abbreviated seder. English readings with a smattering of Hebrew text, reserved for the blessings. The FOUR QUESTIONS are in Hebrew text with English translation and transliteration. Also the FOUR QUESTIONS are in the form of a responsive reading. Dayenu is in abbreviated form and transliterated, too. The Grace After Meals is abbreviated. Includes Chad Gadya and Echad Mi Yodeah (Who Knows One)

[book] On Wings of Freedom: The Hillel Haggadah for the Nights of Passover
Edited by Richard N. Levy (Editor)
Ktav USA 1989. The Hillel college student Haggadah. Yellow cover. Paperback. Right to Left format. About 150 pages. A Haggadah filled with directions, Hebrew, English, explanations, reflections, and English transliterations. Heavy on the English. For example, Ha Lachma Anya is just one Hebrew paragraph followed by several English readings. The Four Questions are titled The Four Puzzlements. They are in Hebrew, English and transliteration and bookended with two English reflections. I found it very easy to use. Rather than presenting the text as-is in a linear fashion, the editor has broken up the paragraphs to make them more understandable. For example, the portions after Avadim Ha-yino and before the ten plagues are subtitled as "we were slaves...", "the rabbis of bnei brak", "the four praises...", "the four children", "a midrashic dialogue: how the Torah text shapes the Haggadah text", "our degradation: not slavery but idolatry", "god's promise to abraham", reflections on the wandering aramean, and each of the four verses of Deuteronomy 26. These provide a better understanding of the teachings than the standard haggadah. The ten plagues are followed by a reading on the modern plagues in our society. The haggadah closes with a Counting of the Omer and Hallel that is rich with explanations, and traditional songs, such as Ki Lo Naeh, Adir Hu, Echad Mi Yodea, Chad Gadya, Lo Yissa Goy, If I had a Hammer, Follow the Drinking Gourd, Down By The Riverside, and We Shall Overcome, and explanations as to their allegorical natures.

[book] An Archeological Passover Haggadah
Hardcover (April 1986) Hemed Books Inc. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] Haggadah for the Jewish Vegetarian Family by Roberta Kalechofsky
Paperback (February 1993) Micah Pubn. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] Haggadah from Bondage to Freedom by Rabbi Twerski
Paperback (February 1995) Mesorah Pubns Ltd. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] Haggadah from Four Corners of the Earth by Ben Cohen, Maya Kellner (Editor)
Hardcover - 112 pages (February 1, 1997). combines the original Hebrew text with a linear translation into French, English, Espanol and Russian. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] The Shalom Seders. Three Passover Haggadahs
Compiled by New Jewish Agenda. Intro by Arthur Ocean Waskow. Preface by grace Paley..
I have used this one in the past. Quite interesting. In LEFT to RIGHT format. Mostly English with some Hebrew and transliterated Hebrew for the main blessings and classic paragraphs (Ha Lachma Anya, Ma Nishtana). The First Seder is the Rainbow Seder. It includes the use of candles of various colors to be lit at the start of the Seder. Participants can ask there own questions on war, poverty, homelessness, etc. during Ma Nishtana. Mitzrayim is defined as both Egypt and a "narrow closed place." Discuss your own Mitzrayim to be freed from. There are many references to the slavery of Black Americans and the Middle Passage. The Elijah-Door-Opening "pour out your wrath" passage is followed by a plea for peace and love. It closes with LaShana HaBaa B'Yerushalayim and the singing of We Shall Overcome. The Second Seder is the Seder of the Children of Abraham. It opens with Heenay Ma Tov. The readings reflect peace between Jewish Israelis and Palestinians. The Four Children are seen as those who won't compromise, those who are naïve, those who are frightened, and the wise one who is willing to share the land. The seder contains selections by Abu Iyad and Fawaz Turki, as well as Yehudah Amichai, Ada Aharoni and Abba Eban. The first cup is the Cup of Security, the second the Cup of Trust, the third is the Cup of Hope, and the Final is the Cup of Peace. The Third Seder is The Haggadah of Liberation. The First Cup is the Cup to Spring, The Second Cup is the Cup for Liberation, the Third Cup is the Cup to Resistance, and the Fourth Cup is the Cup for the Future. The ten plagues are followed by the story of Nachshon, the Hebrew who took a rish to be liberated by walking into the Reed Sea. Dayenu includes stanzas for the workers of the world. It includes a song by Woody Guthrie and a poem from Tereizinstadt, a paragraph on the Rosenbergs, and a poem by I L Peretz. It closes with the plea for a Jerusalem at Peace. Although it is out of print, Amazon can find you some copies.
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[book] The Artscroll Youth Haggadah by Nosson Scherman, Yitzchok Z. Scherman, Meir Zlotowitz (Editor)
Hardcover (March 1987) Mesorah Publications Ltd). Read more about the format by clicking below.
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[book] Tiferet Asher Haggadah for Passover by Ben-Zion Rand (Editor)
Hardcover - 192 pages (March 30, 1998) Hebrew Theological College Press. Hebrew Text with English translation, instruction and notes, combining the Biblical story, the interpretation of the Oral Law, and the history and drama of the Exodus from Egypt. With classic and contemporary explanation s, practical and relevant insights, and clear and concisorge instructions for conducting a traditional Passover seder. See review by Rabbi Twerski. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] The Ben Ish Hai Haggadah by Rabbi Shalom Meir Wallach, Dovid Honig (Translator), Sara Mushka Honig (Translator)
Hardcover - 342 pages 1st edition (February 1996). All I can say is wow. I did not know that someone published a Haggadah with commentary by the famed Iraqi Jewish scholar, the Ben Ish Hai. This one is a keeper. Read more about the format by clicking below
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[book] Passover Haggadah: The Original Tradition of the Jews of Yemen by Ben-Tsur Chaim
Hardcover - 120 pages (January 1998). The only Yemeni Pesach Haggadah with English translations and notes. Read more about the format AND ALSO AN EXCERPT by clicking below
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[book] The Scholar's Haggadah; Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Oriental Versions by Heinrich W. Guggenheimer (Commentary), Peter L. Giovacchini
Paperback - 418 pages (December 1998) Jason Aronson Publishing. Read more about the format by clicking below.
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[book] A Sephardic Passover Haggadah : With Translation and Commentary by Rabbi Marc D. Angel
Paperback (September 1988) Ktav Publishing House. Read more about the format by clicking below.
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[book] The Santa Cruz Haggadah by Karen G.R. Roekard
Paperback - 80 pages. Lots of English. Read more about the format by clicking below.
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[book] The San Diego Women's Haggadah
Paperback (June 1986). Read more about the format by clicking below.
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[book] THE FREEDOM SEDER by Rabbi Arthur I. Waskow
Out of stock, but click and maybe Amazon can find you a copy in their network of wholesalers. Read more about the format by clicking below.
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[book] Let My Babies Go!: A RUGRATS Passover Story by Sarah Willson, Barry Goldberg (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Mass Market Paperback - 32 pages 1 Ed edition (February 1998). Read more by clicking...
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[book] Dear Elijah by Miriam Bat-Ami
Hardcover - 105 pages. Ages 9-12. Using the Passover holiday not only as a setting, but also as symbol, this story, told in diary form, chronicles 11-year-old Rebecca Samuelson's life after her father's heart attack. Rebecca decides to address her diary to Elijah, the Old Testament prophet, who, legend has it, visits Jewish houses at Passover. Read more by clicking...
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[book] A First Passover by Leslie Swartz, Jacqueline Chwast (Illustrator)
Hardcover - Ages 4-8. A young boy's journey from the Soviet Union to America gives him a deeper insight of Passover. In the Soviet Union, Passover must be practiced in secret. When Jasha and his family are allowed to go to the United States, they can celebrate the Jewish religion openly. Read more by clicking...
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[book] Uncle Eli's Special for Kids Most Fun Ever, Under the Table Passover Haggadah by Eliezer Segal, Bonnie Gordon-Lucas (Illustrator)
Paperback - 64 pages 1999 edition (February 1999). Eliezer Segal holds a Ph.D. in Talmud from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and serves as Professor of Religious Studies at the University of Calgary. In this children's Haggadah, the mischievous Uncle Eli retells the story of the Passover. The book's enchanting rhymes and vivid illustrations breathe new life into the events, personalities, and rituals of the traditional Haggadah. Click to read more.
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[book] Matzo Ball Moon. by Leslea Newman, Elaine Greenstein (Illustrator)
($15 before discount) Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover - 32 pages (March 1998) Clarion Books. A lovely Pesach story. Eleanor and her bubbe (grandmother) prepare matzo balls for the seder. I especially like it because it is about family, tradition, and the fact that Pesach begins on the evening of a full moon.
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[book] The Matzah Ball Fairy by Carla Heymsfeld, Vlad Guzner (Illustrator), Vlad Guznar (Illustrator)
Reading level: Ages 4-8 Hardcover. Click to read more.
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