This Passover haggadah introduces the seder to families in a welcoming, educational manner easily understood by all ages. It includes quotes by famous people, poetry, traditional and modern customs, ideas for adapting the seder so that it feels personal and unique, and both translations and transliterations of the included blessings. This book has all the elements needed to explain this home-based holiday service to those who may be intimidated by heavier or more foreign versions, yet wish to come away with a substantive experience in which they deeply feel the holiday’s overarching theme of freedom.
The seder, as presented here, is greatly abridged but leaves plenty of room for additional discussion, perfect for those who are exploring new ways to celebrate the holiday or are trying out this observance for the first time. Explanations throughout are simply and clearly stated. Parallel ideas from other religions are contrasted.
The accompanying color art is lively and appealing, showing Jews of all colors (including blue) sitting around a seder table, spring themes, and vignettes from Jewish history, fancifully imagined, which seem to make the Jews’ escape from slavery in Egypt come alive with meaning.
Some recipes, including one for matzah, are included.
Recommended for families and groups of friends of all ages.
Michal Hoschander Malen is the editor of Jewish Book Council’s young adult and children’s book reviews. A former librarian, she has lectured on topics relating to literacy, run book clubs, and loves to read aloud to her grandchildren.