Alexander Seinfeld is an ordained rabbi, a Stanford graduate and a former high school science teacher. He is the author of The Art of Amazement: Judaism’s Forgotten Spirituality (JSL, 2010) and the founder of Jewish Spiritual Literacy, Inc.
The Art of Amazement Haggada: Leader’s Edition is a new, one-of-a-kind, kiruv-friendly haggada! The goal of this haggada is to communicate the haggada to every type of Jew you may have at your table. Your guests will certainly feel that the Seder, including Maggid, really was enjoyable. To achieve this, I have written drashas so they can be appreciated by someone unfamiliar with the language of drush. How is this haggada different from all other haggadas? Rather than placing commentary below the text, The Art of Amazement Haggada: Leader’s Edition embeds the midrashic details into the text. “Haggada” means “telling the story” and this haggada will empower you with the mastery of Midrash to keep your participants glued to their seats.
And the section on the 10 makkos reads in a really dramatic fashion. Basically, I took various midrashim that you would ordinarily find in the footnotes, and inserted them into the text and wrote it as a story. Plus, I Included tips and tricks to get participants of all ages engaged, including recommended parts for less-religious participants to skip. It goes without saying that all of the brachos are transliterated.
Best of all, there are two printings of this Leader’s Edition. The standard binding and the spiral binding, which will enable it to lie flat easily on your crowded seder table.
Please note: There will be/should be a “standard” edition in a few days that will be the same as above but without all the tips, tricks and drashas. But I wanted to get the Leader’s Edition done first. It would work very well if the Seder leader had this one and everyone else had a different edition, makes no difference. But many people want the transliterations so I’ll try to get that done (at least as a download) in time for Pesach.