The Passover Journey: A Seder Companion

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Viking, 1994 - Juvenile Nonfiction - 56 pages
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The author provides an understanding of the rituals and symbols of Passover, as well as an appreciation of their historical context. Step-by-step, she takes young readers through the Seder, the special ritual meal, and offers songs, games, and stories to both read and act. Full color.

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User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

A lovely book that's intended as a companion to, rather than a substitute for, a Passover Haggadah. The text is divided into two sections: one deals with the biblical stories and ancient rabbinic ... Read full review


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Goldin teaches language arts at Heritage Academy in Long Meadow, MA

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