My People's Passover Haggadah: Traditional Texts, Modern Commentaries

My People's Passover Haggadah: Traditional Texts, Modern Commentaries

by David Arnow
     
 

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A diverse and exciting collection of commentaries on the traditional Haggadah with a fresh translation. Introductions explain historical roots and development of the Haggadah to make sense out of texts and customs that evolved from ancient times.See more details below

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A diverse and exciting collection of commentaries on the traditional Haggadah with a fresh translation. Introductions explain historical roots and development of the Haggadah to make sense out of texts and customs that evolved from ancient times.

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Publishers Weekly

Here's everything you ever wanted to know about the Passover haggadah, from multiple perspectives: biblical, historical, theological, legal, rabbinic, mystical, feminist-and then some. The editors don't take anything for granted, even defining basic terms like haggadah itself and discussing the translation of barukh, the first word of every blessing. But this comprehensive two-volume handbook is not for the cursory reader or even for light use at the seder table. It opens with a collection of scholarly essays reflecting all denominations of Judaism, then segues into the text, presented cleverly in Talmudic format (in Hebrew with a new English translation) and surrounded by commentaries. Contributors include Lawrence Kushner, Arthur Green, Carole Balin and Neil Gillman as well as Hoffman (My People's Prayer Book) and Arnow (Creating Lively Passover Seders). The plurality of voices lends richness to the reader's understanding of the familiar text, but it can be confusing to follow the flow of the commentaries, which continue beyond the text and even overshadow it. Still, this illuminating resource provides a myriad of in-depth answers to the "why?" in "why is this night different from all others?" (Apr.)

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Library Journal

The Haggadah is the printed guide to the Passover seder, the Jewish ritual feast held on the first night of Passover. Hundreds of editions of the Haggadah have been published, and dozens of them are available in English. What makes this Haggadah (the text of which is by E.D. Goldschmidt, newly translated by Hoffman) unique is its wealth and diversity of commentaries by some dozen scholars and practicing rabbis on pertinent aspects of Jewish law and history, problems of translation, biblical references, theological aspects, and traditional, medieval, Hasidic, contemporary, and feminist interpretations. Most of these contributors also write introductory essays on such topics as the history and meaning of the Passover celebration, the relation of the American seder to the changing Jewish identity, and Christianity and the seder. Many other books offer songs, games, stories, and recipes to enrich the Passover experience, but this two-volume work will provide Jewish families and groups with a richer understanding of this major holiday, its observance, and its meaning for their lives. Highly recommended for public, academic, and synagog libraries. (Finalized illustrations not seen.)
—Marcia Welsh

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781580236188
Publisher:
Longhill Partners
Publication date:
03/05/2012
Series:
My People's Passover Haggadah
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Sales rank:
1,193,579
File size:
5 MB

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