Haggadah Min HaMeitzar

A Seder Journey to Liberation

by Gabriella Spitzer

$24.95

A Traditional and Radical Haggadah in Four Voices.
 

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About this book

 Haggadah Min HaMeitzar is liturgically traditional, visually beautiful, ideologically progressive, and discursively provocative. It uses a complete traditional text and translation, paired with original commentary and art, thought-provoking quotations, and discussion prompts. The art functions as a form of commentary and provides another layer to discuss.

The commentary focuses on four voices, corresponding to the four names of Passover:

Chag HaCheirut/Festival of Freedom: a progressive voice prompting discussion on the meanings of liberation and oppression in the Exodus story and today.

Chag HaAviv/Springtime Festival: an environmental voice making connections between the Passover seder, ecology, and regrowth and regeneration.

Chag HaPesach/Passover: a meta-commentary about how we tell our stories, the voices that get shared and the voices that do not get shared enough.

Chag HaMaztot/Matzah Festival: a voice about embodiment and the tangible and sensory aspects of the seder.

About the Author

Gabriella Spitzer is an environmental planner and visual artist based in Boston, MA. They work at the intersection of climate change, “natural” disasters, risk communication, and land use policy and planning. Their art reflects their deep commitment to grappling with Jewish text and tradition, Jewish and queer social justice traditions, and the Torah of the natural world. They work in a variety of media, including silk paints on silk, acrylics on canvas, watercolors on paper and other surfaces, and mixed media.
Gabriella lives in Boston with their partner Sandy and their two enormous cats. They are a board member of Nehar Shalom Community Synagogue of Jamaica Plain.

Praise for Haggadah Min HaMeitzar

“Delightful and wonderful!”
—Rabbi Danya Ruttenberg, author, On Repentance And Repair: Making Amends in an Unapologetic World

“A very fine addition to the floppy paperback, progressive, heavy-on-the-commentary haggadah subgenre.”
—David A.M. Wilensky, J: The Jewish News of Northern California