The JPS Commentary on the Haggadah: Historical Introduction, Translation, and Commentary

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Jewish Publication Society, Feb 1, 2008 - Religion - 154 pages
The JPS Commentary on the Haggadah is the definitive and authoritative scholarly text on this subject. It is both a history of the development of the Passover Haggadah and a critical commentary, in the tradition of the JPS Torah and Bible Commentary books. This volume provides both the Hebrew text and English translation of the classic haggadah, along with an extended introduction and Tabory's in-depth, insightful commentary on classical, rabbinic, and modern versions of the Passover text.
 

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Contents

The Haggadah and Its Ritual
1
From the Bible to the Mishnah
3
From the Mishnah Until the Modern Seder
6
Food at the Seder
7
Haroset
8
The Hagigah Sacrifice
9
The Timing of the Meal
10
Matzah Maror and Karpas
12
The Four Children
39
The Plagues at the Sea
44
The List of Thanksgiving Dayenu
45
The Other Maggid Texts That Are Specific to Certain Communities
46
Utkol
47
Emunim Arckhu Shevah
48
The Blessing of Redemption
49
Before the Meal Rahtmh Motzi Matzah Marat Korekh
51

The Foods Symbolic Significance
13
The Afikoman
15
Structure and Symmetry
16
The Order of the Evening
17
Washing the Hands Urechatz
21
Dipping the GreensVegetable Karpas
23
The Breaking of the Matzah Yahatz
25
Questions and AnswersPaschal Foods
28
From Lowliness to Glory
32
The Midrash
33
The Other Maggid Texts That Are in Common Use
37
The Meal Shulchan Orekh
52
After the Meal Tzafim Baruch
53
The Structure of the AfterDinner Songs
56
The Additional Songs in the Ashkenazic Tradition
59
Additional Songs in Other Traditions
68
The Passover Haggadah
71
A Note About the Translation
73
Preparing for the Seder
74
The Passover Seder
79
Bibliography
137
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Joseph Tabory is a professor of Talmud at Bar-Ilan University in Israel. He is also an ordained Orthodox rabbi. He received his Ph.D. from Bar-Ilan University in 1978. He has written many articles and is the author of two major volumes in Hebrew, one on the history of Jewish festivals (The Passover Haggadah, upon which the JPS Commentary on the Haggadah is based) and one on the history of the Passover seder.

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