Pictures Tell is an opportunity to explore the images of Zion Ozeri — a noted photographer of the Jewish experience — to deepen your engagement with the themes of Passover. Ozeri’s photographs are thoughtfully placed to encourage their use as primary texts and examine Jewish practice and contemporary concerns. Comparing the interpretation of photographs to texts, Ozeri writes “‘One can approach a visual text in much the same way. The first question we might ask is, ‘What do I see? What is the pshat, or simple reading?’…. Finally, it’s time to make connections: ‘How does this image connect to a particular text in the Haggadah? How does it exemplify or amplify an aspect of our Passover observance? How does it reveal, clarify, or challenge a deeper theme of our faith?’”
QR codes attached to several of the photographs extend the conversation by providing links to source sheets on Sefaria, one of several partners in developing this new Haggadah. Additional QR codes allow you to listen to Passover songs from Jewish communities around the world. Contributions by contemporary Jewish thinkers, such as Professor Deborah E. Lipstadt, Rabbi Daniel Bouskila, and Rabba Sara Hurwitz, will deepen the experience .
This Haggadah includes the traditional text in Hebrew and English. While best used by an adult audience, the Haggadah’s multimedia approach makes it accessible to younger audiences as well.
Jonathan Fass is the Managing Director of Educational Technology and Strategy at The Jewish Education Project of New York.