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For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them Hardcover – March 7, 2017
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“Three comic writer have some fun with Passover. Seders may never be the same.” ―USA Today
“A full-fledged comic assault on Passover… Finally, someone has created a full Haggadah that is not only fun to read, but isn’t covered in wine stains… For This We Left Egypt? runs riot with the Haggadah and takes readers from the sophomoric to the sublimely funny.” ―The Forward
“Three well-known humorists have written a Haggadah for an overlooked crowd: the wiseguys, cutups, and punsters who frankly have a hardtime taking the whole thing seriously.” ―Jewish Telegraph Agency
“[Barry, Zweibel, and Mansbach] have joined forces to come up with the perfect humoristic antidote to this Passover ritual… [For This We Left Egypt?] is a loudly humorous, acerbic parody of the haggadah, as it dissects every aspect of the Passover holiday… All in all, a new Passover tradition can be established with For This We Left Egypt? So instead of singing some traditional holiday songs before or after the festive meal, families can recite passages from this book and get a full comic Passover experience. Then again, they can use this book as a haggadah substitute.” ―Montreal Times
“A must-have for those who collect haggadot or for anyone who loves a laugh. If you’re looking to lighten up your seder, you might read a page or two from it. Just be careful, though: people might refuse to turn back to the traditional text.” ―The Reporter
“[For This We Left Egypt?] brings a fair measure of levity to a holiday when leavening is banned. The book is both reverential and irreverent.”
―New York Jewish Week
“A hilarious take on Passover.” ―Long Island Pulse
About the Author
Dave Barry is a Pulitzer Prize–winning humor writer whose columns and essays have appeared in hundreds of newspapers over the past thirty-five years. He has also written a number of New York Times bestselling humor books, including Live Right and Find Happiness (Although Beer Is Much Faster). He is not Jewish, but many of his friends are.
An original Saturday Night Live writer, Alan Zweibel has won numerous Emmy and Writers Guild of America awards for his work in television, which also includes It’s Garry Shandling’s Show (which he co-created), Late Show with David Letterman, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. He collaborated with Billy Crystal on the Tony Award–winning play 700 Sundays, and he won the Thurber Prize for his novel The Other Shulman. Unlike Dave Barry, he has no Jewish friends.
Adam Mansbach is the #1 New York Times bestselling author of Go the F*** to Sleep and You Have to F****** Eat, as well as the California Book Award–winning novel The End of the Jews, a dozen other books, and the movie Barry. His work, which has been translated into more than forty languages, has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times Book Review, Esquire, and The Believer and on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and This American Life. Dave Barry and Alan Zweibel are his only friends.
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All kidding aside(well most of it), please don't confuse this with anything by Artscroll, Feldheim or for that matter Maxwell House, but despite that methinks it WILL inspire some smart Pesach/Passover-related conversation(which is what the Seder is all about)and in the process, add a fun dynamic...which is not at all surprising, considering it was done by some seriously funny guys. Makes me wish I was a fly on the wall at the "seders past" that inspired this idea.