Pre-Pesach Suggested Reading


-For those who missed Monday’s post, The Chief Rabbi’s Haggadah, for its beautiful essays and commentary and emphasis on ethics by Jonathan Sacks.

– The chapter on Pesach in How to Run a Traditional Jewish Household by Blu Greenberg.

Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own by Marge Piercy, the American poet, novelist, and social activist. One I highly recommend it, whether you are a traditional Jew or a less conventional one. Marge Piercy beautifully combines tradition and more contemporary thoughts, highlighting how the different aspects of Pesach are still relevant for us today. Marge Piercy is a writer and she has obviously spent a lot of time investigating Jewish commentaries on Pesach. Thus she manages to convey the wealth contained in each detail of the seder night in a way I could never dream of achieving.

Festival of Freedom by Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, a series of ten essays on Pesach and the Haggadah. Not as difficult a book as his other ones. These essays are quite enlightning and provide profound insights on different aspects of this holiday.

Anything else you’d like to mention?

7 thoughts on “Pre-Pesach Suggested Reading

  1. Ooh…R’ Sacks has a haggadah…I’ll have to buy it as soon as I plant my money tree…

    Obviously, there are about 1 billion different haggadah commentaries in existence, so a comprehensive list of every one worth reading isn’t feasible, but….

    R’ Gideon Weitzmann’s Light of Redemption haggadah, based on Rav Kook, is one I greatly enjoyed. This haggadah was very interesting, and its also short and concise, so it’s easy to read it relatively quickly and get some good insights.

    At there another book, by the same author, about the holidays and Jewish calendar in general, by the same author.

    I haven’t had a chance to read it yet, but it’s on my list of things to buy eventually: the Rabbi S. R. Hirsch Haggadah

    Rabbi Marc D. Angel is advertising his own Sephardic Passover haggadah and his wife’s Sephardic holiday cookbook:; purchase at

  2. Lovely buds.

    I didn’t know Marge Piercy wrote about Pesach. Years ago, someone recommended I read her (not that I did, but now that you suggest it…).

    A friend who works at our local Jewish book shop said they are getting a shipment of new Haggadot next week. I told her I want one with cartoons. 🙂 Or at least good pictures.

  3. My People’s Passover Haggadah, ( edited by Rabbi Lawrence Hoffman and David Arnow. It’s really a resource book on the Haggadah, with some tremendous essays. It was a finalist for the National Jewish Book award.

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