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Our Haggadah: Uniting Traditions for Interfaith Families Hardcover – Deckle Edge, March 8, 2011
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“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 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.
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Cokie Robers writes a beautiful account oh how her family celebrates Passover. Cokie embraces the Passover Seder and shares her family's seder with you.Published 20 months ago by Orange
We have a blended family just like Cokie and Steve. I love this book -- and the intro is hilarious.Published 20 months ago by Elizabeth Manion
I enjoyed this book because Cokie shows how two people coming from two different religions can flourish in their love for each other because they respect each other and each... Read morePublished 23 months ago by Kathy Khazen
not a bad read for a shiksa
she looks ok for an older woman
and she presents well on tv
this was written with the style and flair that is indicative of Cokie and Steves brilliant minds and great wit. Read morePublished on January 29, 2014 by lilyan
My husband and I are not Jewish but this book made me want to host a Seder. Passover is a very detailed celebration and I don't think I would do it justice so now I'll just be... Read morePublished on November 30, 2013 by Kindle Customer
We are also a "blended family" and this was a perfect guide for our first time hosting Passover. The recipe suggestions that were included were also great.Published on October 7, 2013 by Jayne
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. Read morePublished on April 21, 2013 by hermine f bloom