See One Person, Be One Person

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Holocaust educators know that some numbers are almost impossible to comprehend: six million Jews; 11 million people; 1.5 million children, 1.1 of them Jewish. But if you tell me one person’s story, then I can begin to understand.

Rabbi Debra Orenstein

Seder2015 Brings Passover Into The Digital Age


An appreciation for classics and architecture does not necessarily foster interest in the Passover seder.

Participants at one of Michael Hebb’s “test” seders use the resources from Seder2015.org. (Scott Macklin)

17th-Century Haggadah Found In Food Container Sells At Auction

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Truly, one man’s trash is another man’s treasure.

A Guggenheim Haggadah

Staff Writer

Hans Guggenheim, a refugee from Nazi Berlin who found haven during World War II in England and Guatemala, and eventually in the United States, conducts his own seders every year in his Boston apartment that doubles as a personal art museum and extensive library.

Holocaust refugee Hans Guggenheim’s Haggadah, in pdf format, includes his artwork that incorporates Shoah themes. Steve Lipman

Avoid The Seder Sprint


No doubt the Haggadah is the most renewable of Jewish texts because its message of freedom from oppression is so universal, so relevant in each generation. With more than 7,000 known variations, our guide to the seder is the most translated and published of all Jewish texts.

J'Accuse! Robert Alter on Nathan Englander, a New Literary Feud

When I saw that the new issue of The New Republic had Robert Alter reviewing a new work by Nathan Englander, I instinctively thought it’d be of Englander’s new translation of the Passover Haggadah.  Given that Alter is a widely admired translator of the Hebrew Bible, it was only natural for me to assume as much. 

Goodbye Broner: In Memory of Esther Broner

I'll admit I did not know who Esther Broner was until she died on Monday.  But I certainly knew what she is most famous for: the feminist haggadah.  Though her professional life was devoted to academia--a professor of literature at Wayne State, Sarah Lawrence College and sometimes the University of Haifa--to say nothing of writing her many novels, Broner will be forever associated with feminist seders. 

The DIY Haggadah

With the help of some new tools, do-it-yourselfers are adding personal touches to the ancient Passover story.

Associate Editor

For decades, my extended family’s seders consisted of an abridged reading of a 1970s Haggadah that, while in English, was neither accessible nor inspiring.

Two years ago, my older daughter, then 5 and obsessed with Dreamworks’ “The Prince of Egypt,” complained that we had gone through the whole pre-dinner reading without fully telling the story of Moses and the Exodus.

Haggadot.com’s Eileen Levinson: “It’s one big Passover conversation.” Photos courtesy of Haggadot.com

Slang At Play In The Urban Haggadah


Two years ago, Morgan Friedman decided to translate the Passover Haggadah into Argentinean slang — just for kicks. “All my friends loved it; they thought it was the funniest thing ever,” says Friedman, an entrepreneur from Great Neck who divides his time between the Upper East Side and Argentina.

Friedman is the founder of OverheardinNewYork.com, a blog that features snippets of conversations that range from humorous to absurd. Both projects make use of his “love of just listening to how people talk.”

Seder Shopping On the Upper East Side

Staff Writer

It’s easy to predict which seder items — from tables full of toys, crafts and books — will attract children.

“Kids love the frogs best,” says Marga Hirsch, coordinator of the annual Haggadah Fair at Park Avenue Synagogue that runs until the Friday before Passover. “Little kids love the inflatable frogs.”

Students browse Passover books at Park Avenue Synagogue
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