Haggadah by Jonathan Safran Foer

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The Haggadah is no masterpiece; those approaching it cold are likely to find the exposition of verses and the hymns enumerating God's manifold wonderfulness tedious, even confusing.
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Jonathan Safran Foer presents a new edition of the sacred Jewish "Haggadah". Read each year around the Seder table, the "Haggadah" recounts through prayer and song the extraordinary story of "Exodus", when Moses led the ancient Israelites out of slavery in Egypt to wander through the desert for forty years before reaching the Promised Land. In this new version of the traditional "Haggadah" text, Jonathan Safran Foer brings together some of the most preeminent voices of our time. Nathan Englander's new translation, beautifully designed and illustrated in full colour by the Israeli artist and typographer Oded Ezer, is accompanied by thought-provoking commentaries by four major Jewish writers and thinkers: Rebecca Newberger Goldstein, Lemony Snicket, Jeffrey Goldberg and Nathaniel Deutsch; plus a timeline by Mia Sara Bruch. Jonathan Safran Foer was born in 1977. He is the author of "Everything is Illuminated", which won the National Jewish Book Award and the Guardian First Book award; Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, which is now a major film starring Tom Hanks and Sandra Bullock; and "Eating Animals". He is also the editor of "A Convergence of Birds" and of a new edition of the "Haggadah".
 

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Jonathan Safran Foer (born 1977) is an American author best known for his novels Everything Is Illuminated (2002) and Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (2005). He was born in Washington, D.C. and attended Georgetown Day School and Princeton University. In 2000, Foer was awarded the Zoetrope: All-Story Fiction Prize and in 2007 he was included in Granta's Best of Young American Novelists. His forthcoming nonfiction book is entitled, Eating Animals. His title Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close made The N.Y. Times Best Seller List for 2012.
 
Published February 1, 2012 by Hamish Hamilton. 160 pages
Genres: Religion & Spirituality.
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Reviewed by Jonathan Beckman on Mar 24 2012

The Haggadah is no masterpiece; those approaching it cold are likely to find the exposition of verses and the hymns enumerating God's manifold wonderfulness tedious, even confusing.

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Reviewed by Benjamin Errett on Apr 06 2012

There’s a great timeline of Haggadot through history running across the top of the book, a clever bit of marginalia...

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