Pre-Pesach Suggested Reading

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-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?

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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. http://www.growingjewish.com/lightofredemption.htm 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 http://www.growingjewish.com/inthosedays.htm 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 http://www.amazon.com/Hirsch-Haggadah-Samson-R/dp/0873064615

    Rabbi Marc D. Angel is advertising his own Sephardic Passover haggadah and his wife’s Sephardic holiday cookbook: http://www.jewishideas.org/events/passover-books-you-may-want-order; purchase at http://www.jewishideas.org/store

  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, (http://bit.ly/Howxn1) 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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