Passover is approaching. Maybe you’ve experience this before: you know the holiday is coming, you think you should do something to learn more about it, but the whole thing passes by in a flash and you have yet another year where you don’t take the time to improve your understanding and connect with God deeply through the Passover.
Well, not this year, Musings Readers. Let’s take three simple steps and make Passover memorable this year:
Step 1: Buy the Jonathan Sacks Haggada for this Passover
We have this thing going here on Messianic Jewish Musings called J-BOM (Jewish Book of the Month). I’m making the Sacks Haggada a two-month selection: March and April.
Why did I pick this haggadah? It is simply one of the best books on Judaism I have ever read.
Even if you don’t take an active interest in the Passover Haggadah (learning the history and meaning of this unusual book of Jewish ritual), the Sacks Haggada is still for you. Over half of the book consists of essays about Passover, Israel, God, and issues that face human beings in our modern world.
Here is the link on amazon: http://a.co/gqCpKXe
Step 2: Read the Jonathan Sacks Haggada
What can I say about the Sacks Haggada? I can tell you that if you open it on the English-facing side (if you’ve ever owned a bilingual Hebrew-English book you know what I mean) it is a series of essays. They take up over half of the book. They read like well-written sermons and they leave you feeling inspired and illuminated. If you open it on the Hebrew-facing side, it is the complete text of the traditional haggadah with Rabbi Sacks’s commentary. Priceless. You will understand things about the Passover haggadah you never knew.
Let me mention a few essay titles to whet your interest:
- The Story of Stories
- A Tale of Two Civilizations
- Pesah, Freud, and Jewish Identity
- Building a Society of Freedom
- History and Memory
- The Sages in Bnei Brak
- Women and the Exodus
- The Missing Fifth
- Ben Zoma and the Sages
- The First Pesah
There are many more.
Step 3: Comment About the Jonathan Sacks Haggada
Comment here and in other posts on Messianic Jewish Musings about The Jonathan Sacks Haggada. You could post and just say, “Order it. Can’t wait!” Or once you get the book, write a short review of an essay (doesn’t have to be academic, just say what you learned or what it meant to you).
There is fun in participating with others.
So, you may have noticed my blogging frequency is down. Yes. It’s true. I recently started a third job. I’m sad I can’t post more here. But even if I’m not here as much as before, I’m here. I don’t plan to stop. I’ll just do what I can. I want to post more on Rereading Paul. But I will give priority to J-BOM for the next 6 weeks and some Passover articles. I do appreciate you stopping by. And I hope this season of being so busy doesn’t last too long. I want to write more and plan to do so as soon as I can.