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The Tablet Haggadah

Writers, artists, and a boxer meditate on the meaning of Passover

Tablet Magazine
March 25, 2010

The haggadah is a collection of texts cobbled together over centuries, compiled by rabbis to create a mosaic of stories, songs, and ceremonies. And while its core remains more or less unchanged, Jews of every persuasion continue to augment the haggadah with new content. In that spirit, we’ve asked an eclectic collection of modern-day sages—the writers André Aciman, Michael Greenberg, and Benjamin Errett; the artists Andrea Dezsö, Ofri Cnaani, and Sarah Lazarovic; and champion boxer Dmitriy Salita—to write their own contributions to the haggadah, a meditation, reflection, or rejection of the traditional text. You can view the result as an online gallery or print it out [PDF] and use it at your own seder.

Andre Aciman is a professor at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York and the author, most recently, of Eight White Nights.

Sarah Lazarovic is a filmmaker, animator, and illustrator. Benjamin Errett is managing editor at the National Post and the author of Jew and Improved.

Ofri Cnaani (born in Israel, 1975) lives in New York and works primarily in video and drawing.

Dmitry Salita is a professional boxer and the former holder of the North American Boxing Association’s light welterweight championship.
Design by Marc Rabinowitz.

Andrea Dezsö, a visual artist and writer, creates deeply personal narratives across a broad range of media including drawing, artist’s books, cut paper, embroidery, sculpture, installation, animation, and large-scale murals.

Michael Greenberg is the author, most recently, of Beg, Borrow, Steal: A Writer’s Life.
Design by Tamara Gildengers Connolly.

From the editors at Tablet Magazine