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Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman's My People's Passover Haggadah: Traditional Texts, Modern Commentaries, Volumes 1 and 2 Nominated for Sophie Brody Medal

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Monday, March 3, 2008

My People's Passover Haggadah, co-edited by Rabbi Lawrence A. Hoffman, Ph.D., HUC-JIR Barbara and Stephen Friedman Professor of Liturgy, Worship, and Ritual, and Dr. David Arnow, was nominated for the Sophie Brody Medal, an award presented by the American Library Association "to the author of the most distinguished contribution to Jewish literature (fiction or non-fiction). The winners will be announced in January 2009. 

The two-volume work, published by Jewish Lights Publishing, adds Haggadah commentary to traditional text, and includes a new translation. The work is framed with Talmud-style pages and features commentaries by scholars from all denominations of Judaism. 

Rabbi Hoffman, in his introduction, writes, "The Haggadah is a book not just of the Jewish People, but of ordinary Jewish people. It is a book we all own, handle, store at home, and spill wine upon! Pick up a Siddur, and you have the history of our People writ large; pick up a Haggadah, and you have the same–but also the chronicle of Jewish life writ small: the story of families and friends whose Seders have become their very own local cultural legacy... My People's Passover Haggadah is for each and every person looking to enrich their annual experience of Passover in their own unique way." 

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