This Year’s Models: More Creativity, Less Commentary

The new crop of Haggadahs tend to the artsy and quirky, not the scholarly.

03/23/2015 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A trend in Haggadah publishing is deepening: Out, for the most part, are the commentary-centered Haggadahs that dominated the field for several decades, featuring interpretations of the holiday’s readings and rituals. In, to a growing degree, are individualistic, often artistic versions of the Haggadah.

Haggadahs for baseball lovers, and for Canadians, are among the new offerings for this year’s seders.

An Old Tale Told Anew

Part 2 of our roundup of new Haggadot.

Staff Writer
04/08/2014 - 20:00

This is the second of a two-part roundup of new Haggadot and Haggadot companions (some appeared too late last year for general distribution).

One of this year’s new, and eclectic, Passover volumes.

An Old Story, Newly Retold

A roundup of Haggadot for this Passover season.

Staff Writer
03/31/2014 - 20:00

In the beginning there was the Maxwell House Haggadah, as far as many Jews were concerned. And they saw that it was good, and they kept using it, year after year, at their seders.

The Maxwell House Haggadah was as simple as flour-and-water matzah, the basic Passover staple. It offered no commentary, no explanations, no fancy art — just the Haggadah text.

The new crop of Haggadot includes modern and classical artwork, and guides to the holiday’s halachic observance.

The Passover Story, PDF Style

‘It’s still the Haggadah,’ says a publishing expert, but increasingly it’s downloadable.
Staff Writer
03/12/2013 - 20:00

Not so long ago, if you needed a new Haggadah for your seder, you’d head to a bookstore. On the shelves there you’d probably find a wide selection of new Haggadot in English each year, sometimes up to a dozen, usually filled with commentaries on the Passover readings and rituals written by a deceased sage or a contemporary authority.

Cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen brought out his own Haggadah after raising funds on the Kickstarter crowd-funding platform.
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