The Haggadah About Nothing takes its name from the sitcom Seinfeld, described by its creators as a “show about nothing.” Its author, Rabbi Sam Reinstein, is a Modern Orthodox Rabbi and Seinfeld aficionado; he contrasts the purpose of the Seder — to spiritually elevate its participants — to the ethos of Seinfeld, in which the characters never change. In this juxtaposition, The Haggadah About Nothing encourages us how not to be and underscores the remarkably transformative power of the Seder experience. The author pairs a traditional Haggadah text with excerpts, anecdotes, quotes, and commentary on the characters and episodes of this formative television comedy. As a text-heavy edition, The Haggadah About Nothing is designed for adult audiences that appreciate the intersection of Judaism and pop culture.
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.