Passover is about inviting people in and so, we thought, should this Haggadah. If you grew up conducting the more traditional Seder you will recall the Rabbis staying up all night, taking apart passages, a line or word at a time. Discussion, the provoking of thought, is a crucial part of the Seder and if it is achieved within the confines of a half hour, then, to us, the Seder is a success.
Laura’s collage is the perfect complement to this story. Her work inspires people’s imaginations and invites them to create their own interpretation of what is taking place. And that is what The Seder intends to do. Provoke thought. Even inanimate objects take on life in Laura’s torn paper creations. The parsley is so real that you can smell it, and of course the real thing IS on the table before you. Children will delight in the recognition; adults will delight in the wonder of the artist’s product.
This Haggadah grew out of our desire to fulfill the rite of telling the story of Exodus while capturing the attention and imagination of all who sat around the Seder table; the 90-year-old who was bar mitzvahed long ago and the six-year-old who may never have attended such a ritual filled meal but has begun to read; a simple tale that gains complexity with each telling. We wanted it to be accessible, understandable, and relatable to all.