The Leader's Guide to The Family Participation Haggadah "A Different Night"

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The Leader's Guide is designed for seder leaders and for educators. For the seder leader there are practical suggestions for managing a participatory seder with children and adults of different ages. Shortcuts through the seder are provided as well as short background essays on Egyptian slavery (Nahum Sarna), Exodus and Revolution(Michael Walzer), Exodus metaphors for personal growth and a comparison of Moses and Herzl. Extra activities for the seder include a newspaper of the Exodus,roleplaying for the seder, a symposium of contemporary views on slavery and freedom and on the 4 children of the haggadah.Stories of exoduses in different generations include the Katmandu seder and the last seder in Ethiopia.

For educators there are background essays on Passover and family education(Rabbi David Hartman),Bibliodrama(Peter Pitzele),and a contemporary midrash on Moses( Julius Lester)as well as a guide to the perplexed Seder Leader.

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Noam Sachs Zion and David Dishon, educated in ivy league schools in the U.S., made aliyah to Israel in 1973 during the Yom Kippur War. They are on the Judaica faculty of the Shalom Hartman Institute for advanced Jewish studies in Jerusalem. Noam runs the curriculum development department specializing in Bible, midrash and art.He also contributed to the Bill Moyers book entitled Talking about Genesis(Doubleday) issued in conjunction with the Moyers Genesis series. David Dishon is the Judaic studies coordinated at the experimental Hartman high school, author of The Pluralistic Culture Of Rabbinic Debate(Schocken, Hebrew)and currently writing on rabbinic views of warfare.

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This Haggadah offers a rich feast of story and insight for anyone's Seder Table. It can be used year after year and remain fresh. I look forward to using it with my family" Rabbi Harold Kushner (Conservative) Author, When Bad Things Happen to Good People

This is not just "another" Haggadah. It is itself a rich, joyful, and immensely informative celebration that will help transform the Pesach Seder. It is a book that becomes a trusted and encouraging companion. No matter his or her starting point, everyone will emerge with an expanded sense of personal competence." Leonard Fein (Founder and former editor of MOMENT Magazine)

Each Pesach we seek ways to make the Seder different and stimulating, being faithful to pedagogy and halacha at the same time. Here is a fascinating Haggadah for all Pesachs, demonstrating how to be both halachic and creative, while learning and having fun in the process."

Rabbi Haskel Lookstein, Orthodox, Principal of the RAMAZ School, NYC

A Different Night is to my mind the best and most interesting Haggadah to appear in many years. The authors have managed to structure the book in imaginative ways that engage family members of all ages in serious and engaging discussions that explore the ever expanding meanings of the Passover Haggadah. The book is truly a delight. Dr. Barry W. Holtz Associate Professor of Jewish Education, Jewish Theological Seminary of America Editor, Back to the Sources: Reading the Classic Jewish Texts

This rich Haggadah enables Jews to connect with their tradition in deeply personal ways, while at the same time opening the tradition to Jews, showing it to be responsive and flexible. As I prepared for Pesach last year, this Haggadah taught me that our most important heritage is to question. It opened our Seder to deep and exciting discussions.

Rabbi Rachel Cowan, Reform Director of Jewish Life Program, Nathan Cummings Foundation -- Publisher Comments

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