Jon Greenberg’s Fruits of Freedom Haggadah is a product of the author’s two loves: agronomy and Torah study. As the Seder is a food-centered ritual, Fruits of Freedom offers explanations from the natural world to “reveal unfamiliar meanings of every detail of the Seder, from the table settings and the menu to the color of the wine and ingredients in the charoset.” The author deepens and expands our understanding of the Bible and rabbinic world by connecting it to the agricultural and cultural history of these periods — as well as traditional and contemporary Jewish thought. Fruits of Freedom includes the original Haggadah text with a running commentary of additional readings, color photographs, and explanations that expand a reader’s appreciation of how profoundly influenced the Passover Seder, and Judaism as whole, was and continues to be by the world around us.
This is part of the Passover 5781/2021 Haggadah Roundup.
Jonathan Fass is the Managing Director of Educational Technology and Strategy at The Jewish Education Project of New York.