The Base­ball Hag­gadah: A Fes­ti­val of Free­dom and Spring­time in 15 Innings

Sharon G. For­man; Lisa J. Teit­el­baum, illus.
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By – February 2, 2016

Take me out to the Seder! Rab­bi For­man has cre­at­ed a fun and engag­ing reinterpreta­tion of the Passover Hag­gadah for base­ball lovers and their fam­i­lies. This Hag­gadah intro­duces Pre-Game Warm Ups,” sugges­tions for a suc­cess­ful hol­i­day din­ner that include orga­niz­ing the equip­ment” before the game and giv­ing play­ers” uni­forms to add to the cama­raderie. Passover sym­bols are re-imag­ined as objects rel­e­vant to a base­ball game — a z’roa as a base­ball bat and karpas as the base­ball field. The dif­fer­ent steps of the seder are innings” and the seder leader is the announc­er.”

With thought, orig­i­nal­i­ty and respect, For­man adds to the con­ven­tion­al seder rit­u­als. She makes con­nec­tions to the rit­u­als of base­ball and the his­to­ry of the sport. The water­col­or illus­tra­tions rein­force the base­ball theme and elu­ci­date the Passover symbols. 

High­ly rec­om­mend­ed for base­ball-lov­ing fam­i­lies of all ages.

Paula Chaiken has worked in a vari­ety of capac­i­ties in the Jew­ish world — teach­ing in reli­gious school, curat­ing at the Sper­tus Muse­um and fundrais­ing for the Fed­er­a­tion — for more than twen­ty years. She also runs a bou­tique pub­lic rela­tions con­sult­ing firm and enjoys read­ing all sorts of books with her three sons.

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