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A Passover Haggadah: Go Forth and Learn

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A Passover Haggadah: Go Forth and Learn

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A Passover Haggadah
Go Forth and Learn

By Rabbi David Silber, with Rachel Furst
The Jewish Publication Society, (2011)
ISBN: 978-0-8276-0925-9

Reviewed by Herbert White - April 6, 2011

I've never sat down and done a detailed count, but it seems to me that there must be hundreds of different Haggadot available. Is there really a need to another one? In this case, I think that the answer is yes. A Passover Haggadah: Go Forth and Learn by Rabbi David Silber, with Rachel Furst, is actually two books in one.

On the one hand, this is a traditional Haggadah (sans illustrations), with the complete text of the Passover Seder, and it includes the text in both Hebrew and in English translation. On the other hand, this is also an educational textbook that is filled with a line-by-line commentary on the text of the Haggadah as well eight essays about the Haggadah and related texts, and which also serve to provide information about the Passover Seder, as well as the history and traditions associated with the Passover (Pesach) holiday. As such, this is a book that can be read and studied before Passover, as a means of learning more about the holiday and to prepare yourself spiritually and intellectually for the holiday. Or, if you are hosting a leisurely Seder, you can incorporate many of the commentaries and essays contained in this text, into your celebration.

Rabbi Silber is the founder and dean of Drisha Institute for Jewish Education and Rachel Furst teaches Talmud and Rabbinic literature in Jerusalem. Their combined skills have melded together to create this authoritative and edifying Haggadah that is sure to enliven any Passover celebration and to increase your awareness and appreciation of the meaning and importance of Passover in the Jewish tradition, and in contemporary society.


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