A Passover Haggadah: Go Forth and Learn
Rabbi Silber has given us two books in one: the Haggadah text itself, in English and Hebrew (with his seder commentary), and a collection of essays that provide close readings of the classic biblical and rabbinic texts that inform Seder-night ritual and narration. Both parts work beautifully together to illuminate the central themes of Passover: peoplehood, Covenant, our relationship to ritual, God’s presence in history, and other important issues that resonate with us all.
Just as midrash attempts to bridge the gap between ancient text and contemporary meaning, Rabbi Silber’s Passover Haggadah provides new sources of insight that deepen the Passover experience for today’s readers.
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- Contains eight essays on the Exodus story
- Includes the Haggadah in English and Hebrew, as well as commentary
- Analyzes the central themes of Passover
- Arami Oved Avi: The Core Text of the Haggadah
- Gerut, Avdut, Innuy: The Covenantal Formula
- Exodus: An Individual and Collective Coming of Age
- Elu Eser Makot: Rereading the Plagues
- Korban Pesah: The Sacrifice That Shaped a Nation
- Lot and the Destruction of Sodom: A Prefiguring of Exodus
- Creation Themes in the Exodus Story
- Hallel at the Seder: A Song of Redemption
- Haggadah with Commentary
Praise for the Print Edition
Perhaps my favorite of the new batch is Rabbi David Silber’s A Passover Haggadah: Go Forth and Learn. . . . for those with a serious Jewish background, or serious intellectual curiosity, [A Passover Haggadah] is a goldmine.
—Jay Michaelson, The Forward
. . . this Haggadah is groundbreaking in its presentation of new, creative, peshat-based approaches to the traditional text of the Seder.
—The Lookstein Center
Rabbi Silber’s midrashic method is deeply knowledgeable but never freighted with excessive reference . . . This is a haggadah to study, slowly turning over the literary links that allow one part of the Tanakh to talk to another.
—Jewish Book World
The essays, when taken together with Rabbi David Silber’s gifted writings, will surely further help enhance one’s appreciation of the holiness and historic importance of this sacred time of year.
—The Jewish Eye
Under the expert and artistic hand of Rabbi Silber, A Passover Haggadah yields meanings beyond what even the informed reader imagines. The commentary, like the haggadah itself, is gripping on the first reading, and even more rewarding on subsequent ones.
—Rabbi David Wolpe, Sinai Temple, Los Angeles
With remarkable creativity, sensitivity, and ear for nuance, Rabbi David Silber illuminates the Haggadah text, Seder practices, and the larger biblical and rabbinic contexts in which these are rooted. This volume will help create a Seder full of meaning, poignancy, and enthusiasm.
—David Shatz, Professor of Philosophy, Yeshiva University
Silber’s genius is close reading of texts, bringing together a keen literary sensibility and a deep familiarity with biblical and rabbinic sources.
—Dr. Ellen Frankel, JPS Editor Emerita
Clear, engaging and accessible, yet sophisticated and insightful . . . Rabbi Silber offers us a rich and meaningful plate of ideas and concepts for our seder table.
—Rabbi Nathaniel Helfgot, Chair, Departments of Bible and Jewish Thought, Yeshivat Chovevei Torah
Silber’s scholarship is solid and accessible, and will appeal to a range of Jewishly literate readers seeking to better understand and appreciate the richness of the Haggadah text.
—Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, Worship Specialist, Union for Reform Judaism
- Title: A Passover Haggadah: Go Forth and Learn
- Authors: David Silber, with Rachel Furst
- Publisher: Jewish Publication Society
- Publication Date: 2011
- Pages: 232
About David Silber
Rabbi David Silber is Founder and Dean of Drisha Institute for Jewish Education, New York City. A popular, nationally known lecturer on Bible, Silber is a recipient of the prestigious Covenant Award, for excellence in innovative Jewish education.