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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (March 8, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0062018108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0062018106
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 10.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #269,619 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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“With this participatory and egalitarian handbook, the Robertses create a virtual seat at their seder table. . . . the Robertses provide an inclusive guide that extends beyond Passover to address interfaith unions.” (Washington Post)

“Cokie and Steve Roberts have written a book that’s at once a practical, accessible haggadah for Passover and a roadmap of sorts for other interfaith couples grappling with the task of raising a family with two different religions.” (J Weekly)

“[A] Haggadah that all can use and understand. . . . An excellent resource for interfaith families and anyone who needs a basic introduction to Passover traditions.” (Booklist)

From the Back Cover

New York Times bestselling authors and journalists Cokie and Steve Roberts share their Passover traditions in this engaging version of the Haggadah for couples and families of mixed faiths.

When they met more than forty years ago, Cokie and Steve Roberts found common ground in their shared values, despite their different religious beliefs. Choosing to honor both of their faiths and traditions, they began hosting a Passover Seder that has evolved from a small family gathering to a veritable event celebrated with loved ones from all walks of life.

Based on the time-honored Haggadah—the text read throughout the evening that gives order to the ritual meal—Our Haggadah is a practical guide for interfaith families, whether they're celebrating their very first Passover or starting a new tradition. Originally composed on a typewriter and stapled together, Our Haggadah has been the Roberts family's handbook for each Seder and comes from years of adapting and expanding their Seders to welcome all who wish to take part in the celebration. From finding a Seder plate to preparing traditional and nontraditional foods, from the customary prayers to new ways for guests to participate, Cokie and Steve share their special approach to the holiday and the lessons they've learned over the years as an interfaith couple.


More About the Author

Cokie Roberts is a political commentator for ABC News, providing analysis for all network news programming. From 1996-2002 she and Sam Donaldson co-anchored the weekly ABC interview program This Week. Roberts also serves as commentator for National Public Radio. In her more than forty years in broadcasting, she has won countless awards, including three Emmys. She has been inducted into the Broadcasting and Cable Hall of Fame, and was cited by the American Women in Radio and Television as one of the fifty greatest women in the history of broadcasting.

Cokie Roberts has written several bestselling books, including the #1 New York Times bestseller, We Are Our Mothers' Daughters, Founding Mothers, and Ladies of Liberty. In addition she has written two books with her husband, Steven V. Roberts, that include From This Day Forward, an account of their now more than forty-five year marriage and other marriages in American history, which immediately went onto the New York Times bestseller list, and Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families. Cokie Roberts holds more than twenty honorary degrees, serves on the boards of several non-profit institutions and President Bush appointed her to his Commission on Service and Civic Participation. In 2008 the Library of Congress named her a "Living Legend," one of the very few Americans to have attained that honor.

She is the mother of two and grandmother of six.

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This is a lovely book that emphasizes the ways in which we agree in the experience of a Passover Seder.
M. R. K.
The book is an enjoyable read that can be read as a unique memoir by a celebrity couple, or can be used in total or in parts by interfaith families for their seders.
Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom
Thank you Cokie and Steve, for such a beautiful book explaining so gently how you combined and melded your lives together.
Natalia

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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Larry Mark MyJewishBooksDotCom on March 23, 2011
Format: Hardcover
This book is a good purchase for haggadah collectors, for interfaith families, and for readers who enjoy memoirs.

Steven Roberts grew up Jewish in Bayonne NJ; his family was culturally and politically Jewish, but not religiously observant. His parents and grandparents never had bar mitzvah ceremonies nor were they married by rabbis. They were labor bund members and socialist shopkeepers. They were more into the Workmen's Circle than the Shul. His family never held a Passover seder. At 13, Steven Roberts (nee Rogowsky) had half a bar mitzvah (with his twin brother) and got active in JFTY. He took Myrna Goldblatt to his senior prom, and at Harvard most of his friends were Jewish, but Roberts never had a seder until after he married Cokie (Mary Martha CORINNE Morrison Claiborne Roberts (née Boggs), a devoutly Catholic graduate of Wellesley and the daughter Congressman and Majority Leader Hale Boggs and U.S. Ambassador (to the Vatican) Lindy Boggs.

After Steven and Cokie married (by Arthur Goldberg and a Jesuit), Cokie wanted a religious, deliberately Jewish household. Steven had no traditions to fall back upon, so they attended their first seder in Manhattan at the Waldorf=Astoria residence of Arthur Goldberg (as in Arthur Goldberg, the U.S. Supreme Court Justice and American Ambassador to the UN). The next year they had their own seder (Steven's mother and father pitched in; it was their first seder).

All their guests had their own views of how a seder should proceed; that classic Maxwell House Coffee haggadah just did not work for everyone. So they typed out their own haggadah with prayers and lots of readings (minus the wine stains). Cokie especially wanted to use the psalms that are also used in the Easter service.
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16 of 19 people found the following review helpful By Betty Breen on March 14, 2011
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OUR HAGGADAH is a story of love---of an inclusive, all-encompassing and joyful love.
We've all learned in different words and in different places that we must love ourself, our neighbor, and a Greater Being.
In this little treasure of a book, diverse cultures, ages and faiths come together to celebrate and, in sharing a meal,
this collection of people discover many shared beliefs and traditions. As the song says, "We are family."

After reading the first two chapters, I bought the book for my adult children and friends.
Subsequent chapters brought me to the table, to some new foods and traditions and to a better understanding of Judeo-Christian similarities.

Cokie Roberts' love for her husband compelled her to research his roots and instill a pride in his heritage in him. With a light-hearted approach to an annual Passover meal, they've forged their own traditions. Their warm approach to their backgrounds and respect for Everyman provides invaluable lessons in history, culture and faith for all ages and religions.

Perhaps the words to THE GRACE AFTER MEALS sum it all up: Blessed be God of whose bounty we have eaten and by whose goodness we live. May God bless this home, the people at the table, and all of our loved ones who are not here with us tonight. May God bring peace to all homes, all nations, and all faith traditions.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Natalia on April 21, 2011
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My husband and I have both been studying Hebrew and Judaism. We have not quite implemented a total ultra Conservative lifestyle, but are following the rules as we can learn them. SO reading Steve and Cokie's book has blessed us greatly, giving us the gentle forgiveness needed for going slowly, and as we can. Passover meant so much more to us this year, and this is the first time the computer has been on since then, and the first time I have written to anyone.

Thank you Cokie and Steve, for such a beautiful book explaining so gently how you combined and melded your lives together. We have been married 20 years and are making this journey together and found your book a treasure of combining, mixing, blending, understanding the two religions....all coming from the one God, the God of Abraham, I do believe we will all get THERE in the end. I know my hubby and I will, with the blessing of this gentle sweet book. It will be my treasure for the rest of my life. And yes we have bought the books on Amazon, and will buy more as we go along, but this special book will be a resource forever.

Their explanations bring in history and love at the same time. I recommend it for all spiritually minded folk, Jew and non, and especially interfaith families. I can see no more God-like way to bring a lifetime of joy to all. I never believed God wanted to beat love into us, and the Roberts have shone a way that paints word pictures showing one families journey of loving each other, family, friends,and above all our Lord God.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Pearl A Grau on June 8, 2013
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what a great way to teach about a religion that most Jews and Non Jews do not know.Instead of writing a fact, it explains the reasons for the tradition.I would recomend it to everyone who has a curiosity about this holiday,
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By hermine f bloom on April 21, 2013
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Loved this book. Worth every penny of the price. The Authors wrote a simplified, up-dated version bringing Jewish family traditions for a family which has intermarried. It shows it can be done if people are tolarant of each others religion.
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