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The Tablet Haggadah

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

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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.

'Before The Seder' by Andre Aciman, design by Len Small

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.

'The Typeset Seder' by Benjamin Errett and Sarah Lazarovic

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

Seder (The Days of your life), Ink on ceramic plate, 14 inch diameter, 2010 by Ofri Cnaani

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

'My Own Personal Egypt' by Dmitriy Salita, design by Marc Rabinowitz

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

'The Ten Plagues' by Andrea Dezsö

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.

essay by Michael Greenberg, design by Tamara Gildengers Connolly

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

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Estela says:

Every year we add something new for our Seder, and this year this will be our Hagada. I hope many questions will be posted, or be answered, or toughts wiil be shared. Thank you for the insight.
We live in Mexico and do our Seder in Spanish , but the Jewish values and traditions are shared we all the Jews of the world.

Rivka says:

It was almost touching – but, it could have been written with a clarity and a little more flavor.

Is the seder plate by Ofri Cnaani available for purchase?

Megan says:

Yes, the Ofri Cnaani plate is beautiful! Is available to buy anywhere?

Ofri says:

check: for more info and contact

This is beautiful. André Aciman’s piece is just perfect, and we’ll be reading it at the beginning of our seder this year.

The artwork of the 10 plagues was beautiful. I have been looking for contemporary inspiration for my seder. Now I just have to cook and invite people.

Daniel says:

Cut each paragraph of Aciman’s piece onto a separate slip and gave to ten of our Seder’s participants. A terrific intro piece with which to start the Seder. Many thanks for this offering.

David Dror says:

Andre’ Acmiman’s “Before the Seder” will be part of our seder this year. Thanks.

David Levine says:

Toda rabah to all the writers and artists!
All the pieces are wonderful. I used Andre Acmiman’s “Before the Seder” at both seders. Some people did not get it while others did. I liked the repetition of the words. The entire piece was very meaningful to my wife and me. The work fit in nicely as I incorporate remembering everyone’s relatives and how we all came to the USA. We also used Dmitry Salita’s piece when discussing “the Egypts” within all of us.
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The Tablet Haggadah

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