The Passover Haggadah by Vanessa L. Ochs audiobook

The Passover Haggadah: A Biography

By Vanessa L. Ochs
Read by Suzanne Toren

Recorded Books Inc., Recorded Books, Inc. 9780691144986

The Lives of Great Religious Books Series: Book 51

Unabridged

Format : Library CD (In Stock)
  • ISBN: 9781664600638

  • ISBN: 9781664764699

Runtime: 5.57 Hours
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Audience: Adult
Language: English

Summary

Summary

The life and times of a treasured book read by generations of Jewish families at the seder table Every year at Passover, Jews around the world gather for the seder, a festive meal where family and friends come together to sing, pray, and enjoy traditional food while retelling the biblical story of the Exodus. The Passover Haggadah provides the script for the meal and is a religious text unlike any other. It is the only sacred book available in so many varietiesfrom the Maxwell House edition of the 1930s to the countercultural Freedom Sederand it is the rare liturgical work that allows people with limited knowledge to conduct a complex religious service. The Haggadah is also the only religious book given away for free at grocery stores as a promotion. Vanessa Ochs tells the story of this beloved book, from its emergence in antiquity as an oral practice to its vibrant proliferation today. Ochs provides a lively and incisive account of how the foundational Jewish narrative of liberation is remembered in the Haggadah. She discusses the books origins in biblical and rabbinical literature, its flourishing in illuminated manuscripts in the medieval period, and its mass production with the advent of the printing press. She looks at Haggadot created on the kibbutz, those reflecting the Holocaust, feminist and LGBTQ-themed Haggadot, and even one featuring a popular television show, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel. Ochs shows how this enduring work of liturgy that once served to transmit Jewish identity in Jewish settings continues to be reinterpreted and reimagined to share the message of freedom for all.

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Author Bio: Vanessa L. Ochs

Author Bio: Vanessa L. Ochs

Vanessa L. Ochs is professor in the Department of Religious Studies at the University of Virginia and an ordained rabbi. Her books include Inventing Jewish Ritual, which won a National Jewish Book Award; Sarah Laughed: Modern Lessons from the Wisdom and Stories of Biblical Women; and Words on Fire: One Woman’s Journey into the Sacred. She lives in Charlottesville, Virginia.

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Available Formats : Library CD, MP3 CD
Category: Nonfiction/Religion
Runtime: 5.57
Audience: Adult
Language: English