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Product Details

  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: Reconstructionist Press (January 1, 1999)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0935457496
  • ISBN-13: 978-0935457490
  • Product Dimensions: 10.1 x 10.1 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #752,938 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A Night of Questions offers everything found in the traditional Haggadah plus a cornucopia of marvelous marginalia, provocative readings and commentaries, suggestions for embellished rituals, song lyrics, incisive interpretations, historical notesall of it rendered in language that manages to be inclusive and nonsexist without sacrificing lyricism and grace Retire your old Haggadot to the attic; Levitts and Strassfelds Haggadah is a gift to Passover 2000 that may well last through the ages. -- Letty Cottin Pogrebin<br /><br />A Night of Questions offers everything found in the traditional Haggadah plus a cornucopia of marvelous marginalia, provocative readings and commentaries, suggestions for embellished rituals, song lyrics, incisive interpretations, historical notesall of it rendered in language that manages to be inclusive and nonsexist without sacrificing lyricism and grace Retire your old Haggadot to the attic; Levitts and Strassfelds Haggadah is a gift to Passover 2000 that may well last through the ages. -- Letty Cottin Pogrebin<br /><br />The older child, and the child in all of us, will be drawn into lively, thoughtful discussion evoked by this Haggadah. By featuring stimulating questions from the Four Children throughout the evening and insightful commentary, including some especially for younger readers, theres plenty of food for thoughtA real contribution to the celebration of Passover! --Rabbi Lawrence Kushner<br /><br />The older child, and the child in all of us, will be drawn into lively, thoughtful discussion evoked by this Haggadah. By featuring stimulating questions from the Four Children throughout the evening and insightful commentary, including some especially for younger readers, theres plenty of food for thoughtA real contribution to the celebration of Passover! --Rabbi Lawrence Kushner

About the Author

Joy Levitt is the Senior Program Director of the Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side in Manhattan and was formerly a rabbi at the Reconstructionist Synagogue of the North Shore. She is the editor of From Darkness to Light: A Passover Haggadah, published by Ma'yan, the Jewish Women's Project of the Jewish Community Center on the Upper West Side and co-editor of A Guide to Everything Jewish in New York. Michael Strassfeld is the co-editor of the Jewish Catalog (Volumes I, II, and III) and the author of The Jewish Holidays: A Guide and Commentary. His is the editor of A Passover Haggadah (The Rabbinical Assembly).

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Larry Mark on May 26, 2000
Format: Paperback
Rabbis Joy Levitt and Michael Strassfeld have spent several years updating the Haggadah of the Reconstructionist movement, which was last revised in 1941. This Haggadah, which sold out of its first printing of 15,000 copies, in just a few weeks, offers more of a narrative story for the Passover seder (more of a story than the rabbinical commentary format that is found in more traditional haggadot). It also offers the family gender neutral language, does not refer to the Hebrews as a "chosen people", has the story of the four children instead of the four sons, and includes new traditions, such as "Miriam's cup."
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sam on March 2, 2003
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I have conducted sedorim (seders) for over 30 years and have used five different haggadot. This is the BEST! It explains, offers excellent commentary, provides choices in the kind of seder one might have, as well as providing frameworks for designing your own. I have used it for 2 years now and get rave reviews from the people who attend my sedorim.
The cd of the music of Pesach which is available, is a favorite as we prepare our home for the holiday.
It sure beats "Manishewitz".
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By sharon on April 11, 2009
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I was as intrigued and inspired by this Haggadah as any reviewer. I was taken aback and jolted out of my spiritual reverie when during the seder we read a passage that lamented Pharoah not responding to the Jewish 'intifada'. So, the authors compared the defiance of 450 years of Jewish slavery to the Palestinian uprising of our time. In using the word, 'Intifada' the authors had to intend for the audience to draw parallels between both uprisings, thus making a bold political statement that alienated myself and others at the table. I wouldn't recommend this Hagaddah unless one has strong leftist tendencies vis a vis Israeli politics and can stomach that kind of comparison being made during one's Passover seder.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Judy on February 12, 2003
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Seders too often fall into a routine, with everyone slogging through the Hagaddah by rote. This is a lively, thought-provoking Hagaddah that will broaden and deepen your appreciation of Passover. It certainly has for my family.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By sandy denver on January 30, 2003
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A Night of Questions provides a multitude of choices for creating a seder that will be thoroughly enjoyable for your family and friends. You can use one of the four suggested seder outlines ("traditional"; one for groups with small children; another for groups that include guests from different traditions; and one that focuses on the role of women) or adapt the readings to your own needs, as I did two years ago. It was the best seder I've ever been part of! Hebrew songs are transliterated so everyone can join in. The amazing color illustrations are a visual delight.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 23, 2000
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I find this new Haggadah just magnificent. The art is really amazing, the language and advice and commentary is just what I would have written (if I had the time, learning, sechel, etc.) I am really happy with it. It's brilliant.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 17, 2000
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this haggada should add a twist to your passover seder + it makes a great read on its own... the writing is poetic, clever, and insightful. both levitt and strassfeld lend the age-old tale a colorful (yes, the illustrations are great!) and refreshing approach. you can use this as a guide or as a supplement to the rituals already in place + it makes a great gift to a visitor at your seder table.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Loren Jarmon on March 26, 2007
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I have somewhere between 20 and 30 different Haggadot. A Night of Questions is not only one of the richest and most thought-provoking in my collection... it is also the most user-friendly. It's the only one that has a table of contents that breaks down the Maggid section into its familiar parts (4 Children, Dayenu, etc.) The outlines of 4 different types of seders in the back of the book are very helpful. There's something here for every one. The commentaries address the hard questions that are likely to arise in the minds of those who are really thinking about what we are saying, such as: "Would it really have been 'enough for us' had we come out of Egypt and not been given the Torah and not come into the Land of Israel?" IMPORTANT NOTE: I see that Amazon is showing this as 4-6 weeks delivery. I know that they are available from the publisher and you'll have them in time for Passover. Check out [...]"
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