Fruits of Free­dom: The Torah Flo­ra Hagadah

Jon Green­berg

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By – March 10, 2021

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.

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