144 pages, 9.25 × 7 × 0.5 in
March 1, 1993
Simon & Schuster
The following ISBNs are associated with this title:
ISBN - 10: 0671799967
ISBN - 13: 9780671799960
About the Book
Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel graces the miraculous tale of the Haggadah with his inspired, poetic interpretations, reminiscences, and instructive retellings of ancient legends that interweave past and present. The keepsake edition is further enhanced by over 40 of Mark Podwal's ingenious and inventive drawings.
Read from the Book
Chapter 1KadeshRECITING THE KIDDUSHIn the Jewish tradition, every ceremony begins with the Kiddush. The wine is sanctified with this ancient ritual to mark the beginning of the festive meal. Jews are reminded of their need for saintliness, and they, in turn, remind the Almighty of His professed eternal love for His people.Gathered around the candlelit table, we bless God for having released us from Egyptian slavery and sanctified us with His commandments, for offering us occasions to celebrate our holidays, and for allowing us to evoke our glorious past, when three times a year -- during Passover, Shavuot, and Sukkot -- the inhabitants of Judea made pilgrimages to the holy convocations in the holiest of all cities, Jerusalem.The Kiddush is said over the first of the four cups of wine that one drinks during the Seder. The number is symbolic. Scripture uses four words to describe the liberation from Egypt; they refer to the four exiles the Jewish people will endure in its history, all four ending in redemption. Thus, to drink the four cups of wine is a commandment as important as to eat matzah or bitter herbs.If the Seder takes place on the Sabbath eve, the Kiddush begins with the text of Genesis describing the end of the sixth day and the arrival of the seventh. We are required to stand as we recite or listen to this Biblical passage. Why? Because in listening to God's word we testify to its truth. And because, according to the Bible, a witness must testify standing.The first
Table of Contents
KADESH Reciting the Kiddush
U'RECHATZ Washing of the hands
KARPAS Blessing for the green vegetable
YACHATZ Breaking of the middle matzah
MAGGID Telling the story
RACHTZAH Washing the hands before the meal
MOTZI MATZAH Prayer for the beginning of the meal and blessing for the matzah
MAROR Blessing for the bitter herbs
KORECH Hillel's sandwich
SHULCHAN ORECH The meal
TZAFUN The afikoman
BARECH Saying grace
HALLEL Psalms of praise
NIRTZAH Conclusion of the service
From the Publisher
With this Passover Haggadah, Elie Wiesel and his friend Mark Podwal invite you to join them for the Passover Seder -- the most festive event of the Jewish calendar. Read each year at the Seder table, the Haggadah recounts the miraculous tale of the liberation of the Children of Israel from slavery in Egypt, with a celebration of prayer, ritual, and song. Wiesel and Podwal guide you through the Haggadah and share their understanding and faith in a special illustrated edition that will be treasured for years to come.
Accompanying the traditional Haggadah text (which appears here in an accessible new translation) are Elie Wiesel's poetic interpretations, reminiscences, and instructive retellings of ancient legends. The Nobel laureate interweaves past and present as the symbolism of the Seder is explored. Wiesel's commentaries may be read aloud in their entirety or selected passages may be read each year to illuminate the timeless message of this beloved book of redemption.
This volume is enhanced by more than fifty original drawings by Mark Podwal, the artist whom Cynthia Ozick has called a "genius of metaphor through line." Podwal's work not only complements the traditional Haggadah text, as well as Wiesel's poetic voice, but also serves as commentary unto itself. The drawings, with their fresh juxtapositions of insight and revelation, are an innovative contribution to the long tradition of Haggadah illustration.
About the Author
Elie Wiesel is the author of more than thirty books, including Night, A Beggar in Jerusalem, Twilight, Souls on Fire, Sages and Dreamers, and most recently, The Forgotten. He is the recipient of the 1986 Nobel Peace Prize.
From Our Editors
The Passover Seder is the most festive event in the Jewish calendar, and commemorates the Jewish people's eventual deliverance from Egypt and its cruel Pharoah. The sacred text of the Haggadah has passed down this story from generation to generation, but in A Passover Haggadah, it is retold with the accompanying writing of Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel. Through a poetic series of retellings and interpretations, he explores the ancient symbolism of the holiday, and Mark Podwal's beautiful illustrations bring the story to life.