For Passover 2021, Yeshiva University is proud to announce the publications of Haggadot written by YU faculty, students and alumni. Below is a short summary of each:
The Beren Campus Haggadah 5781
- Torah Activities Council (TAC), Stern College for Women
This student-produced Haggadah is 100 pages of beautiful artwork and inspirational and insightful divrei Torah from students about many aspects of Passover and the seder.
Copies will be distributed to students on the Beren campus and those off campus. Additionally, plans are being made to distribute copies to Holocaust survivors with assistance from Tova Fish-Rosenberg, creator and producer of the Names, Not Numbers™ program.
2021 Azrieli Haggadah Companion: On This Night We Are All Teachers
Authored by Azrieli faculty, students and alumni, and with the generous support of David and Sharon Rauch, this year’s Azrieli Hagaddah focuses on the ten plagues as well as the resilience and positive lessons we learn from the destruction of the plagues.
This engaging edition is filled with teachable moments, discussion prompts and activities for preschool, elementary, tween/teen and adult learners, allowing for rich seder table engagement. The volume is available electronically at yu.edu/haggadah-companion2
Sefer Imrei Baruch Haggadah Shel Pesach
- Rabbi Baruch Simon, Rosh Yeshiva at Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary
This unique Haggadah contains 45 inspirational essays about many areas of Passover and the seder. Most contain thoughts on Jewish philosophical ideas and values, and there are some halachic [related to Jewish law] essays as well.
This Haggadah was written in memory of Rabbi Simon’s, father, Mr. Jacob Simon ob”m, who was born and died in the Jewish month of Nissan, in which Passover falls. For this edition, Rabbi Simon wrote a beautiful tribute to his father, connecting his memory to Nissan and the holiday of Passover.
Haggadah Shel Pesach: Meir Panim
- Rabbi Meir Goldwicht, Joel and Maria Finkle Visiting Israeli Rosh Yeshiva and Visiting Professor of Jewish History
This inspirational Haggadah is divided into two parts, with the first section consisting of brief, insightful comments and Divrei Torah on the Passover Seder to elevate the story of the Exodus from Egypt.
The second part consists of articles on various Passover topics, including Shvi’i shel Pesach [the seventh day of Passover], so that over the course of Chol HaMoed [the intermediary days], one can continue to learn about, as Rabbi Goldwicht said, “the greatness of the days of the Exodus.”
The Haggadah About Nothing: The Unofficial Seinfeld Haggadah
- Rabbi Sam Reinstein ’11YC, ’13BR, ’14R, Rabbi of Congregation Kol Israel, Brooklyn, New York
Longtime Seinfeld fan Rabbi Sam Reinstein was introduced to “the show about nothing” while living in the dorms at YU. In his highly entertaining yet insightful Haggadah, he explores the many parallels between the hit TV show and the story of Passover and the seder. Throughout the pages, you’ll find Divrei Torah and teachings from various rabbonim that Rabbi Reinstein connects to the many memorable storylines featuring Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer.
Where else will you find a Haggadah that mentions George’s cutting a candy bar with a knife and fork, Elaine’s hard-to-please boss, Mr. Pitt, Jujyfruits, Banya, Shmoopy, Newman (representing Amalek), Kramerica Industries and even Bob Sacamano? Rabbi Reinstein’s creative and often hilarious observations will make you thirsty… for more.
The Superhero Haggadah: A Story of Signs and Marvels
- Rabbi Moshe Rosenberg ’78YUHS, ’82’YC, ’85R, Rabbi of Congregation Etz Chaim of Kew Gardens Hills, Flushing, New York
The author of 2017’s highly popular The Unofficial Hogwarts Haggadah, Rabbi Rosenberg once again explores the overlapping worlds of Judaic studies and popular culture. In this Haggadah, he discusses the 23 Infinity Saga films of the Marvel Cinematic Universe and reveals uncanny connections to the classic Passover story: From time travel to teaching, internal demons to external enemies, exile to homecoming, and Talmudic sages to cinematic superheroes. Of particular pride for Rabbi Rosenberg is the set of drawings featured throughout the pages created by a former student of his, Moriel Hirsch-Hoffman, who is currently in seventh grade.