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The Royal Table
A Passover Haggadah
By Rabbi Norman Lamm
Compiled and Edited by Joel B. Wolowelsky
OU Press, New York: 2010
Distributed by KTAV Publishing House
ISBN: 978-1-60280-139-4

Reviewed by Herbert White - February 26, 2010

As Pesach (Passover) approaches, it's time to select which Haggadah you will be using at this year's Seder and to learn more about the holiday. A new Haggadah that you should look at is The Royal Table, which was recently published by the Orthodox Union Press. This hardcover Haggadah features the traditional text of the Haggadah in both Hebrew and English, along with Rabbi Norman Lamm's eloquent commentary on the Haggadah.

Rabbi Lamm, who studied under Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik, is a pillar of the modern Orthodox community. A scholar and prolific author, he is also the chancellor of Yeshiva University and the Rosh HaYeshiva of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (REITS). The Royal Table serves not only as a Haggadah that will enliven your Seder, but it is also an outstanding text from which to prepare for Pesach. Rabbi Lamm's extensive commentaries are instructional and inspirational. In addition, several essays (derashot) on Shir ha-Shirim (Song of Songs) have been included that not only examine the meaning of Solomon's Song of Songs, but they also expand upon the meaning and objective of the Passover season.

This Haggadah was compiled and edited by Joel B. Wolowelsky, Den of the Faculty at the Yeshivah of Flatbush. He compiled Rabbi Lamm's commentaries on the Haggadah and on Passover, from Rabbi Lamm's extensive sermons and divrei Torah that he gave as Rabbi of the Jewish Center (an Orthodox synagogue in New York). In reading the The Royal Table, you gain not only insights into the story of the Exodus, but you also glimpse Rabbi Lamm's passion and profound knowledge of the Torah. You will find that Rabbi Lamm's commentaries help to ensure that this ancient story remains as relevant to today's readers as it was to our forebearers.

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