“Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel” by Jordan B. Gorfinkel and Erez Zadok— Passover for All

Gorfinkel, Jordan B. and Zadok, Erez. “Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel”,  (English and Hebrew Edition), The Koren Press, 2019.

Passover for All

Amos Lassen

One of the beautiful aspects of Passover is that it gives us the opportunity to create traditions in so many different ways. I developed a tradition when I was in college and have kept it going— every year I find a new Haggadah to add to my library and before I picked out what was to be this year’s choice, I had already accumulated more than 50 so you can well guess that I am fifty plus years old. The only criteria for each new Haggadah is that it is pleasing to my eyes and readable, regards of language in which it is written. I do not have to understand the language but I want to know that by reading it, I have fulfilled my obligation of hearing or reading the story. But it is so much better if I can truly enjoy the story with a beautiful Haggadah and it was just my luck that Koren publishers produced the beautiful  world’s first Passover Haggadah Graphic Novel,

conceived and written by acclaimed Batman comics creator and Jewish cartoonist Jordan B. Gorf Gorfinkel, and illustrated in gorgeous color by Israeli artist Erez Zadok. Not only is it beautiful to read because of the illustrations, it also The integrates a brand-new, modern translation into the art work that is sophisticated and brings the story to life, it is as much for adults as it is for kids. I understand that extensive historical and linguistic research went into the creation of this volume but it is also filled with beautiful panels that give no meanings and colors to the traditional basic text. He traditional and unabridged Seder text is presented alongside the graphic novel pages in Hebrew and transliteration, and there are  how to instructional cartoons depicting all of the rituals, as celebrated every Jewish homes around the world for thousands of years. When I received my copy, I spent the entire evening going through it page by page and thoroughly enjoying every moment. What a perfect gift for the season!!

This new Haggadah can be the catalyst for change or it can be an asset for the traditional Haggadah. To see illustrations of the Exodus gives us new meanings and this is a comic book that can be read at the table and is kosher. I can just imagine the faces of those using it for the first time.

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