Passover Splendor: Cherished Objects for the Seder Table by Barbara Rush
"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.