A Passover Haggadah: Go Forth and Learn by David Silber

By David Silber

Hebrew and English textual content with new remark and essays.

Rabbi Silber has given us books in a single: the Haggadah itself, in English and Hebrew, along with his seder observation and a suite of essays that offer shut readings of the vintage biblical and rabbinic texts that tell Seder-night ritual and narration. either elements paintings superbly jointly to light up the imperative issues of Passover: peoplehood, Covenant, our courting to ritual, God’s presence in background, and different very important concerns that resonate with us all. simply as midrash makes an attempt to bridge the space among old textual content and modern that means, Rabbi Silber’s Haggadah presents new resources of perception that deepen the Passover event for today’s readers.

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The boy sought to arouse him, but the rabbi’s already stiffening arm raised itself, and a stammer of black blasphemy broke forth from his mouth. Then the flame stabbed him in the heart, and he sank to the ground.

Then the word of his dying father came back to the young Israel and now for the first time took on meaning. So he trudged from house to house and swore to the despairing parents that they might again entrust the small ones to him, for he was certain that he could protect them from the monster. None was able to withstand him. He gathered the children around him and spoke to them as to the grown-ups, indeed more powerfully still, and their souls opened wide to him. He led them again at an early hour to the meadow, bid them wait for him there, and went alone to the forest.

He demanded that he be allowed to descend and measure his strength against the premature messenger, and his request was granted. So he descended and mingled with the creatures of the earth. He moved among them, listened to them, tested and weighed, but for a long time he encountered no one who might serve the purpose of his venture. At last, in the forest in which Israel had spent the days of his childhood, the Adversary found a charcoal burner, a shy, unsociable fellow who avoided other men. This man was at times compelled to change at night into a werewolf that swept down from afar and rushed around the homesteads, sometimes falling upon an animal and striking terror into a late wanderer, yet never harming any human being.

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