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Concise Family Seder (Paperback)

The Concise Family Seder

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The Concise Family Seder by Rabbi Alfred J

Last night I had the pleasure of reclining back with a delicious meal – my second Passover Seder dinner. While I was less confused this time around, I still had quite a bit to comprehend about this symbolically-rich feast. Fortunately/unfortunately, my copy of The Concise Family Seder was drastically different from the version that the group was following (and the version I remember following last year). This was fine by me, as it allowed me to delve further into such raucous and memorable songs as “The One Only Kid.” It also allowed me to distractedly follow the ritual, while staring down the dessert that I had made for the occasion. It was in a clear line of sight the entire time. It was…

Last night I had the pleasure of reclining back with a delicious meal – my second Passover Seder dinner. While I was less confused this time around, I still had quite a bit to comprehend about this symbolically-rich feast. Fortunately/unfortunately, my copy of The Concise Family Seder was drastically different from the version that the group was following (and the version I remember following last year). This was fine by me, as it allowed me to delve further into such raucous and memorable songs as “The One Only Kid.” It also allowed me to distractedly follow the ritual, while staring down the dessert that I had made for the occasion. It was in a clear line of sight the entire time. It was…

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You'd love to have a traditional seder service, but the children will never sit for an hour and a half before eating. Many of your guests don't read or understand Hebrew. Yet, you want more than a dinner. You want tradition. The Concise Family Seder will serve you well. You may want to slightly change the order of things, but with a little page shuffling, you can include virtually everything in the seder service, prior to the meal, in about 20 minutes or less, with the exception of Birkat (grace after meals). My family has a long traditional Conservative history, but there are many new family members who are new to Judaism and Jewish celebrations. The Concise Family Seder does a wonderful job of making it comfortable for everyone to participate and understand the service.

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There was a pause, and then a sigh. “Fine you lead the services. I’ll show you where the Haggadahs are. Make it short. It’s a Wednesday. Your father’s tired from working.” Thus, I found myself perusing through The Concise Family Seder, trying to make it more concise.

The standard Passover book remains the decades-old Maxwell House Haggadah, which has more than 50 million copies in print. According to Barnes & Noble Inc., customers also are seeking out texts that speed up a ritual that can last for hours. Popular Haggadots include Robert Kopman's "30 Minute Seder: The Haggadah That Blends Brevity With Tradition" and Alfred J. Kolatch's "The Concise Family Seder."