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The Storybook Haggadah by Janet Zwebner Seymour Rossel
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 8.25" Height: 10.25" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Publisher Simcha Media Group (NJ)
ISBN 1932687599 ISBN13 9781932687590
Availability 0 units.
More About Seymour Rossel & Janet Zwebner
I am Seymour Rossel. I love a good story (ask anyone) and I have been collecting, writing, editing, publishing, discussing, lecturing on, speaking about, and telling good stories throughout my career. I use stories in my teaching and (as a rabbi) in my preaching. I gifted stories to my children like a legacy of family jewels and now I am privileged to gift stories to my grandchildren. I think "The Wise Folk of Chelm" can be treasured and gifted, especially if the stories are shared out loud.
People I know (even some professional publishers) tell me that publishing has become increasingly difficult-with local bookstores giving way to internet warehouses, reviewers having fewer major outlets, and (so it is claimed) people reading less. I acknowledge these changes but also note some positive ones. Publishing, I think, is becoming more intimate--word of good reads spreads from friend to friend, among family members, and widens through the web. Books can depend less on exaggerated and expensive advertising and more on merit. And new opportunities exist for interaction between author and readers.
So I invite you to discuss your Chelm experience with me. You can find a formal biography of me at Wikipedia. You can reach me by email from my site "www.rossel.net." And you can friend me in all the usual places. Let's share some good stories.
Seymour Rossel currently resides in Westchester County.
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The Storybook Haggadah Nov 26, 2007
With sparklingly clear stories, readable font, and child-friendly messages, Rabbi Rossel offers a festive Passover Haggadah for families. Text is simplified, but not over-simplified, and follows traditional order in Hebrew and English, from basic blessings to table songs. What stands out is what Rossel adds for understanding. Difficult passages are broken down into phrases and explained. He intersperses fifteen stories that smoothly link Biblical characters and Exodus events with Jewish values and modern heritage. Abraham's trust in one God as creator paves the way for the Children of Israel to cry out to heaven when they were slaves. One story connects the roasted bone on the Seder plate to mezuzahs on the doorpost, as symbols of God's protection. Some of the stories are traditional. Some, like the sea pulling rank and refusing at first to part for Moses or God sending an angel to ask Miriam to stop dancing while Egyptians are drowning, are newer. About the Israelites need to leave before dough could rise, Rossel advises: "When freedom calls, you must answer without delay." Occasionally pictures follow a page or two behind a story, but on the whole, the Hagaddah was laid out with care. Bright illustrations on shiny stock, some spot and some full-page, engage the eye with action. Text borders are decorated with symbols. For ages 7-10. Reviewed by Sharon Elswit