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Pesach for the Rest of Us: Making the Passover Seder Your Own Hardcover – Deckle Edge, February 20, 2007

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The traditional Passover seder is dissected, reinterpreted and given a contemporary and feminist bent in Piercy's guidebook to making the haggadah more readable and meaningful to today's unaffiliated Jews. Novelist Piercy confesses that her own Passover preparations are "heavy on the convenient"; for example, she will use the prohibited sunflower oil to make her dishes tasty. She wants to focus instead on what brings resonance to her observance of the holiday, like adding the Cup of Miriam to her seder table and including a Fifth Child in remembrance of those murdered during the Holocaust. Nearly every page reminds readers to change parts of the seder as they see fit, though traditionalists may feel that this approach belittles the traditional seder. Throughout are Piercy's poems recognizing many aspects of the seder; her own slightly sloppy rendition of traditional blessings into the feminine Hebrew; and ideas on how to create one's own English prayers. Memories of her Grandmother Hannah's Pesach segue into old-time recipes of the holiday's traditional foods, and an entire chapter is dedicated to mouthwatering recipes that can be used for the main meal. Some tangents in this conversational guide seem gratuitous, while others—including histories of the origins of wine, horseradish and other seder foods—are fascinating. (Feb. 20)
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Pesach (Passover in English) is the eight-day festival that commemorates the exodus of the Israelite people from their enslavement to the pharaoh in Egypt. The seder is the meal on the first two nights of Pesach in which the Haggadah--the telling--of the Passover story is read. Piercy writes that the book is not intended for Orthodox Jews but, rather, for secular and religious Jews, "with a modern slant into a more satisfying and meaningful way to celebrate the holiday." She offers recipes, poems, and blessings as she delves into all the rituals and practices, and she reminisces about the seders spent with her grandmother when she was a child. Piercy, the author of 17 novels, 17 volumes of poetry, and a memoir, has written an engaging account of this important holiday. George Cohen
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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Schocken (February 20, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0805242422
  • ISBN-13: 978-0805242423
  • Product Dimensions: 5.9 x 1.2 x 7.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #680,392 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Caroline Lamb on April 8, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Jewish tradition and feminism collide in this book. I found the tension fascinating. There are a lot of personal stories, a lot of recipes done the way I cook ("add a little of this, or, if you don't like it, add a little of that.") There were a few new poems, but the ones I liked best are already in The Art of Blessing the Day. I didn't always agree with her, but she always provided food for thought. At my seder, I found myself citing this book several times. Plus I cooked a tsimmes from one of her recipes, and it was quite good.

This is far from being a haggadah; just commentary on the various sections of the seder and a lot of interesting stories and recipes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Amy B. Sherman on April 2, 2007
Format: Hardcover
I really appreciate this book. It is respectful of tradition but it also helps to infuse the holiday with personal relevance, which is what it's all about anyway. I love the poems, the prayers, the recipes and wonderful stories that add such richness. Pick and choose what's meaningful to you and "pass over" the rest!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Jacqueline Itzkovitz on May 6, 2007
Format: Hardcover
As a fan of Marge Piercy's writings, I was curious about this new endeavor. I was pleasantly surprised at how much fun it was and the memories it evoked for me. Our Passover seders always include new poetry (many of them from her previous poetry books)and readings, and my attitude about Pesach mirrors hers, "whatever works, do it". I was so impressed that I sent a copy to my niece. Her recipes were an added feature and the macaroons came out great.
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