- Paperback: 232 pages
- Publisher: The Jewish Publication Society; Bilingual edition (March 1 2011)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0827609256
- ISBN-13: 978-0827609259
- Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.3 x 25.2 cm
- Shipping Weight: 454 g
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A Passover Haggadah: Go Forth and Learn Paperback – Mar 1 2011
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“For those with a serious Jewish background, or serious intellectual curiosity, [A Passover Haggadah] is a gold mine.”—Jay Michaelson, The Forward
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“This Haggadah is groundbreaking in its presentation of new, creative, peshat-based approaches to the traditional text of the Seder.”—The Lookstein Center
“Rabbi Silber’s midrashic method is deeply knowledgeable but never freighted with excessive reference. . . . This is a haggadah to study, slowly turning over the literary links that allow one part of the TANAKH to talk to another.”—Jewish Book World
“The essays, when taken together with Rabbi David Silber’s gifted writings, will surely further help enhance one’s appreciation of the holiness and historic importance of this sacred time of year.”—Jewish Eye
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Rabbi Silber has a profound mastery of Biblical text which is demonstrated throughout his essays. If you are searching to find meaning in the yearly ritual of the Seder, than this book is a must read. I recommend that you start reading the essays several weeks before Passover begins and discuss with your friends and family the themes Rabbi Silber raises well in advance of your Seder.
The work is well worth the price.
For the uninitiated in Passover, the Seder means order, as in the order of the setting and its components.
It does not mean the order of its clarity of reasoning.
Much of a Passover evening is devoted, ideally at least, to contemplation of the underlying meaning of Symbols, texts quoted in the Seder and what logical unity there is to the whole.
The purpose of the prayers, questions, songs, accoutrements and the meal are often discussed at length and to no complete conclusion. This is reasonable as a full conclusion has yet to be reached in 2000 years that everybody (at least those interested in the business) can agree to. Multiple works out there have various takes on the course of the evening's events and all have some seeming validity. Often the points of views and the conclusions can be quite contrary.
A favorite part is the 4 Questions: "Why is this night different from all other nights"
There are answers to be had which employs a good part of the evening. This is a major focus of quite varied theses. I can count out some 45-50 discrete ones that I have read thus far.
The nature of annotations and the stated explanations, at least in this as in much of Commentaries available for Mishnah or Talmud, are subjective. There is ultimately no single correct answer or even manner of thought and there is an advantage to having many similar works to peruse to understand the complexity of what is a Seder.
This work is a worthy member to join many others of its ilk.
Very nice commentary below the text of the Haggadah, plus real insightful essays at the back. Just what you would expect from the extremely close reading that Rabbi Silber brings to Biblical and other Jewish texts.
Printed on nice paper too.
Take off one star because it is awkward to read at the Seder table.