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Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families [NOOK Book]

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New York Times bestselling authors and journalists Cokie and Steve Roberts share their Passover traditions in this engaging version of the Haggadah for couples and families of mixed faiths.

When they met more than forty years ago, Cokie and Steve Roberts found common ground in their shared values, despite their different religious beliefs. Choosing to honor both of their faiths and traditions, they began hosting a Passover Seder that has evolved from a small family gathering ...

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Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families

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Overview

New York Times bestselling authors and journalists Cokie and Steve Roberts share their Passover traditions in this engaging version of the Haggadah for couples and families of mixed faiths.

When they met more than forty years ago, Cokie and Steve Roberts found common ground in their shared values, despite their different religious beliefs. Choosing to honor both of their faiths and traditions, they began hosting a Passover Seder that has evolved from a small family gathering to a veritable event celebrated with loved ones from all walks of life.

Based on the time-honored Haggadah—the text read throughout the evening that gives order to the ritual meal—Our Haggadah is a practical guide for interfaith families, whether they're celebrating their very first Passover or starting a new tradition. Originally composed on a typewriter and stapled together, Our Haggadah has been the Roberts family's handbook for each Seder and comes from years of adapting and expanding their Seders to welcome all who wish to take part in the celebration. From finding a Seder plate to preparing traditional and nontraditional foods, from the customary prayers to new ways for guests to participate, Cokie and Steve share their special approach to the holiday and the lessons they've learned over the years as an interfaith couple.

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Editorial Reviews

Lisa Bonos
With this participatory and egalitarian handbook, the Robertses create a virtual seat at their seder table …While establishment Judaism often struggles to embrace mixed marriages, the Robertses…provide an inclusive guide that extends beyond Passover to address interfaith unions…
—The Washington Post
Washington Post
“With this participatory and egalitarian handbook, the Robertses create a virtual seat at their seder table. . . . the Robertses provide an inclusive guide that extends beyond Passover to address interfaith unions.”
J Weekly
“Cokie and Steve Roberts have written a book that’s at once a practical, accessible haggadah for Passover and a roadmap of sorts for other interfaith couples grappling with the task of raising a family with two different religions.”
Booklist
“[A] Haggadah that all can use and understand. . . . An excellent resource for interfaith families and anyone who needs a basic introduction to Passover traditions.”
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062074652
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/8/2011
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 192
  • Sales rank: 1,082,720
  • File size: 3 MB

Meet the Author

Cokie  Roberts

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and NPR. She has won countless awards, and in 2008 she was named a "Living Legend" by the Library of Congress. She is the author of the number one New York Times bestseller We Are Our Mothers' Daughters. Her other books, Founding Mothers, Ladies of Liberty, and From This Day Forward (written with her husband, journalist Steven V. Roberts), also spent weeks on the bestseller list. She and her husband have also collaborated on Our Haggadah. Roberts is the mother of two and grandmother of six.


Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News and a senior news analyst for National Public Radio. From 1996 to 2002, she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program, This Week. She is the bestselling author of We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, Ladies of Liberty, and Founding Mothers.

Steve Roberts is the author of From Every End of This Earth and My Fathers' Houses. He has worked as a journalist for more than forty years and appears regularly as a political analyst on the ABC radio network and National Public Radio. Since 1997 he has been the Shapiro Professor of Media and Public Affairs at George Washington University.

Cokie and Steve Roberts are the New York Times bestselling authors of From This Day Forward. They write a weekly column syndicated in newspapers across the country by United Media. The parents of two children and grandparents of six, Cokie and Steve live in Bethesda, Maryland.

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  • Posted June 1, 2011

    A worthy endeavor, but there are faults

    The Roberts have made a great start at integrating the various aspects of the Jewish Pesach and the Christian Easter. The first two chapters are excellent in explaining as to how they arrived as this publication. As one who has been raised in Reform Judaism and a subscriber to the basic tenets as set down in Germany in 1809, my wife and I have long had very ecumenical sedars. Two of our daughters have married outside of Judaism. I find fault with the book in that for one season of the year they revert to Kosher food. The Roberts, sadly so, are apparently, not aware that Kosher food is not an edict of our religion, but actually something which has come to pass in more recent centuries. The Kashering of food is highly remunerative to some rabbis and even more so at Passover time. Why do they find it necessary to have kosher food only at this time. For more information about the tenets of Reform Judaism, the reader is referred to The Society for Classical Reform Judaism. With some changes in this tome, it would fit well into that which this Society promotes.

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