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A Little More than 30 Days Before Passover

A must-buy for all those interested in the history of the haggadah and the seder from my good friend Josh Kulp:

The Schechter Haggadah: Art, History and Commentary presents a fascinating discussion and analysis of the historical development of each aspect of the Seder, from the development of the Mah Nishtanah to the use of horseradish as maror, to the larger question of how new seder rituals were established and infused with meaning. Along with the traditional Hebrew text and English commentary, The Schechter Haggadah is adorned with over 100 illuminations from Haggadot from the medieval and modern periods.

The Schechter Haggadah, written by educator and Talmud instructor Dr. Joshua Kulp, with illuminations edited by Professor David Golinkin, President of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies, is a “must-have” volume for anyone interested in understanding the rich traditions of the Seder.

Dr. Joshua Kulp is a co-founder of the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem, where he has taught Talmud and Halakhah for over a decade. He is also on the faculty of the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies and coordinates the Mishnah Yomit program for the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism. He holds a Ph.D. in Talmudic Studies from Bar-Ilan University and has published numerous articles on the Seder and other subjects in leading academic journals.

Prof. David Golinkin is President and the Jerome and Miriam Katzin Professor of Jewish Law at the Schechter Institute of Jewish Studies in Jerusalem. He has published forty books and almost 200 articles on various aspects of Jewish Studies. The illuminations for The Schechter Haggadah are taken from his personal collection of Haggadot as well as from The Frank-Lovell and Morris and Beverly Baker Haggadah Collections in the Schechter Institute Library.

Praise for The Schechter Haggadah
“This wonderful resource provides all the sources of the Haggadah from the Bible, Talmud and Midrash. Page by page, the history and development of the Seder unfold before one’s eyes. Kulp’s lucid commentary brilliantly explains, in an historical context, the development of each of the Seder’s parts.”
– Prof. Jeffrey L. Rubenstein, Department of Hebrew and Judaic Studies, New York University

“The modern Seder is a direct descendant of the innovations of the Talmudic era. However, without a trustworthy guide to the Haggadah, that complex world is a closed book. In The Schechter Haggadah, Joshua Kulp facilitates our understanding of the many recent discoveries and hypotheses about the origins of the Haggadah. An excellent resource for any student of Rabbinic creativity.
– Noam Zion, Shalom Hartman Institute, author of A Different Night: The Family Participation Haggadah (1997) and A Night to Remember: The Haggadah of Contemporary Voices (2007)

“The Schechter Haggadah provides an account of the historical development of the seder’s liturgy over the past 2000 years. In a clear fashion, Joshua Kulp demonstrates how the seder is likely to have been performed when it first developed, in the talmudic period, and how it evolved into the set of rituals and texts we recognize today. His insightful, scholarly commentary will give readers much new and engaging material to discuss at their own seders.”
– Prof. Judith Hauptman, E. Billi Ivry Professor of Talmud and Rabbinic Culture, Jewish Theological Seminary

The Schechter Haggadah: Art, History and Commentary

Joshua Kulp, Jerusalem, hard cover; 350 pages and over 100 illustrations, $30.
Pre-publication Price until January 31, 2009: In the US: Single copy – $25; Set of 6 – $140; Set of 12 – $275, plus shipping. In Israel: Single copy – 100 NIS; Set of 6 – 560 NIS; Set of 12 – 1,000 NIS, plus shipping.

To order you can download the form from here and email it to or fax to +972-2-6790840

4 Responses to “A Little More than 30 Days Before Passover”

  1. 1

    I had no idea that Josh was working on this; he’s a fellow Modiini and I knew what he does for a living, but our encounters have mostly been limited to the basketball court!

  2. 2

    Thanks for mentioning this. I have been eagerly awaiting it since hearing last year that he was finally going to publish (instead of circulating photocopies of the work he has done).

  3. 3

    I see that Josh’s review of Schafer’s book on Jesus in the Talmud has been published.

  4. 4
    Joshua Kulp:

    Good news–copies are now hot off the printing press, so if anyone wants to order you better order quick before they all get snapped up!




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