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A Passover Haggadah Go Forth and Learn

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  • Rabbi David Silber (author)
  • Rachel Furst (author)
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About the Book

Hebrew and English text with new commentary and essays.

Rabbi Silber has given us two books in one: the Haggadah itself, in English and Hebrew, with his seder commentary and a collection of essays that provide close readings of the classic biblical and rabbinic texts that inform Seder-night ritual and narration. Both parts work beautifully together to illuminate the central themes of Passover: peoplehood, Covenant, our relationship to ritual, God’s presence in history, and other important issues that resonate with us all. Just as midrash attempts to bridge the gap between ancient text and contemporary meaning, Rabbi Silber’s Haggadah provides new sources of insight that deepen the Passover experience for today’s readers.

Praise

For those with a serious Jewish background, or serious intellectual curiosity, [A Passover Haggadah] is a gold mine.

—Jay Michaelson, The Forward

This Haggadah is groundbreaking in its presentation of new, creative, peshat-based approaches to the traditional text of the Seder.

—The Lookstein Center

Rabbi Silber’s midrashic method is deeply knowledgeable but never freighted with excessive reference. . . . This is a haggadah to study, slowly turning over the literary links that allow one part of the TANAKH to talk to another.

—Jewish Book World

 The essays, when taken together with Rabbi David Silber’s gifted writings, will surely further help enhance one’s appreciation of the holiness and historic importance of this sacred time of year.

—Jewish Eye

Under the expert and artistic hand of Rabbi Silber, A Passover Haggadah yields meanings beyond what even the informed reader imagines. The commentary, like the haggadah itself, is gripping on the first reading, and even more rewarding on subsequent ones.
—Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles, and author of Why Faith Matters

With remarkable creativity, sensitivity, and ear for nuance, Rabbi David Silber illuminates the Haggadah text, Seder practices, and the larger biblical and rabbinic contexts in which these are rooted. This volume will help create a Seder full of meaning, poignancy, and enthusiasm.

—David Shatz, professor of philosophy, Yeshiva University

Rabbi David Silber

Rabbi David Silber is the founder and dean of Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, New York City. A popular, nationally known lecturer on the Bible, Silber is a recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award, for excellence in innovative Jewish education.

Rachel Furst

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