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Thursday, April 01, 2004

Hagadah Advice

Every year I try to buy at least one new hagadah and spend some time before the chag looking for nice things to bring to the seder. Last year a friend from Israel brought me a Carlebach hagadah in Hebrew (not the English one that is very popular but was somewhat disappointing). It was a little, orange softcover and was really a treat.

This year I got a copy of Tiferes Shimshon, a beautiful hagadah, also in Hebrew, that is a compilation of the teachings on Pesach and the hagadah from Rav Shimshon Dovid Pinkus, ZT'L, who died tragically in an auto accident a few years ago in Eretz Yisrael.

The Torahs are so sweet and beautiful (and many are very short). They are the types of ideas that are perfect for giving over to children at the seder table. Also helpful is that the essays are mainly transcriptions in modern Hebrew of sichos from Rav Pinkus (rather than his original writings) that are much easier to read for someone whose Hebrew is just OK and who is not used to reading "sefer Hebrew".


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