Noam Zion and now his children are becoming a cottage industry for do-it-yourself Jewish holidays and rituals. Noam and his son Mishael Zion offer a Haggadah with so many sources, stories, quotes, illustrations, poetry, and commentary. This guarantees a night of lively exchanges and Jewish and contemporary meaning. A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices is yet another example of the Jewish Renaissance and ritual creativity. It shows the power of cultural dialogue between Israel and America. The beauty of this Haggadah is that you can use it as the family Haggadah, or as an incredibly rich resource to enhance the traditional or modern Haggadot of your choice. In any event, serious Seder leaders from all the denominations will sit down with A Night to Remember days before the Seder to pick and choose what to read and what to do this night, as different than last Seder. I warmly recommend this publication. Not only is it a welcome addition to any Jewish table and library, it is an invaluable tool for promoting Jewish meaning and spirit in an age where we need this multi-vocal, richly textured, inspiring Haggadah. --Rabbi Naamah Kelman, Hebrew Union College Jerusalem Campus, Director of Year in Israel program and Educational Initiatives
A Night to Remember is a necessary, fresh, and wonderful addition to the world of haggadot. Beautifully conceived and designed, it enlists contemporary voices in original ways to illuminate Judaism's oldest and most widely observed rituals. --Rabbi Joseph Telushkin, author, A Code of Jewish Ethics: You Shall be Holy; and Jewish Literacy.
Pesach is the holiday that most concretely represents and celebrates the essence of Jewish identity. The beautiful Exodus story, the elaborate rituals, the emphasis on family, community, and history -- all these combine on Seder night to provide a powerful, affirmative Jewish experience. Except, of course, when they don't. All too typically, the Seder -- in Israel and America both -- is more or less a Jewish Thanksgiving, a warm get-together with little spiritual or intellectual content. The Haggadah is recited quickly and by rote, with the smells of home cooking acting as an added incentive to speed-read the ancient text, or (forgive the pun) pass over it entirely. In my view, the publication of Zion family s new "A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices" will go a long way to remedy all that. Its contents are so rich, wide-ranging, and pluralistic -- songs and poems, games and quizzes, historical asides and rabbinic interpretations -- that any Jew who is curious about Jewish life cannot fail to be fascinated. Its practical commentary on the Seder service clarifies the evening's rituals. At the same time, passages that elaborate upon the spiritual or mystical significance of such familiar Jewish practices as lighting holiday candles or eating matzah will speak to young globe-trotting Jews who have found other traditions more intriguing than their own. I was especially impressed by the treatment of the Four Sons and Four Daughters, which uses both text and illustration to explore multiple interpretations of this famous parable. Overall, the editors have succeeded admirably in linking the biblical images and philosophical concerns of the Haggadah to modern culture and the exigencies of Jewish life. I've learned something new from every page of A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices. In fact, I plan to use it myself when leading this year's Seder. --Stuart Schoffman, Associate Editor, Jerusalem Report, Senior Fellow Shalom Hartman Institute
The authors are a father and son team who have shared 26 seders. Noam, an American Jew, and Mishael, an Israeli, both study and teach at the Shalom Hartman Institute. This haggadah combines the experience of Mishael's bestselling Israeli haggadah, Halaila Hazeh (2004) and Noam's classic A Different Night (1997) that have made seders more participatory for hundreds of thousands.
This is a great haggadah to read. To use at a Seder? Maybe not so much, unless you have children whose minds wander, and if you don't mind their skipping around the book and... Read morePublished 14 days ago by Alan Z
This Wwill give many ideas and resources for conducting a creative and interesting seder.Published 4 months ago by I Am Who I Am
I bought a copy of this Haggadah because I was asked to lead a Seder where the hosts only had enough copies of this version. Read morePublished 4 months ago by Miriam L.
Some very interesting commentaries and writings. Added about 5 to our usual Seder this year, looking forward to adding others nest year. Lots of good ideas.Published 5 months ago by EFI
if we hadn't been invited elsewhere in the meantime. An UWS 20th Century " let's love everyone else but us Jews" kind of book with its not funny to me cartoons.Published 15 months ago by Lynne Shapiro
Barrie found many parts of this Hagaddah that fit well with our seder for kids and grandkids. He had a lot of enjoyment going through the book before the first seder. Read morePublished 16 months ago by Mrs. Barbara Ann Paster
This Hagaddah adds context, history and humor to the Seder. Michael and Noam Zion have done an absolutely outstanding job - and in a very crowded field, this stands out.Published 17 months ago by SabbaSelly Calif
I bought this haggadah as a resource. It does have helpful information that can be used with another haggadah during your seder.Published on May 4, 2013 by srosengarten
Used this haggadah for the first time at the seder we attended last night, and I loved it. It is at once traditional and progressive - has the entire traditional text of the... Read morePublished on March 26, 2013 by D. N. Cohen