Prepare for Passover with Two Haggadahs from OU Press

22 Mar 2011


The familiar text of the Passover Haggadah takes on new meanings when viewed through the lens of a great Torah scholar. Over the past two years, OU Press | Jewish Educational Publications, the publishing arm of the Orthodox Union, has published two important and well-received Haggadah commentaries, each original, fresh, and transformative in its own way. Rabbi Joseph B. Soloveitchik’s, The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening, edited by Rabbi Menachem Genack; and Rabbi Norman Lamm’s The Royal Table: A Passover Haggadah, edited by Dr. Joel B. Wolowelsky, have enhanced thousands of seder tables. Both books cost $24.95 and are available at local Jewish bookstores and on the Internet.

Rabbi Soloveitchik (known as “the Rav”) was a brilliant thinker and masterful communicator. The commentary assembled in The Seder Night: An Exalted Evening demonstrates his penetrating insight and his remarkable mastery of all areas of Torah. The Rav inspired as he elucidated, providing new perspectives on text and practice, philosophy and law. Viewed as a collective whole, the Rav’s commentary on the Haggadah offers a worldview, a majestic synthesis of varying disciplines, a path through the dizzying maze of Torah texts.

Rabbi Norman Lamm, Chancellor of Yeshiva University, has for decades mesmerized audiences with his captivating language and compelling messages. He is a preacher par excellence, conveying a Torah message in a format that is enjoyable, edifying and uplifting. In The Royal Table: A Passover Haggadah, Rabbi Lamm is true to form. His language soars and his ideas resonate. His commentary defends Jewish faith and promotes greater fealty to the Torah’s laws, while also teaching inclusiveness and love. He takes eternal Torah truths and applies them to the spiritual needs of our time.

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