Welcome to Creating Lively Passover Seders! By David Arnow

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Praise for Creating Lively Passover Seders:

A Sourcebook of Engaging Tales, Texts & Activities

David Arnow, Ph.D., Jewish Lights



Second Edition


More down to earth is David Arnow’s “Creating Lively Passover Seders,” now out in a new, expanded edition from Jewish Lights Publishing. Since the first edition was published only seven years ago, I suppose it’s too early to call it a “classic” — but for anyone who’s used it, especially anyone with children, it is just that. Arnow’s book should be read ahead of time: There’s too much to stumble through during the Seder itself, and the book’s real value is in providing Seder participants with preselected questions and activities for different parts of the evening. (The new edition includes additional material on Passover songs, the Seder Plate and other topics.) I suggest assigning each participant a different part of the Seder to lead, and pointing them all to this book, and its accompanying website (livelyseders.com), for suggestions on what to do.

—Jay Michaelson, The Forward, April 6, 2011


First Edition


“The book everyone who has to lead or attend a Seder has been waiting for. Simply put: This book will ensure that Seders will be intellectually challenging, emotionally engaging and spiritually uplifting for years to come…”

—Rabbi Irwin Kula, President, CLAL, The National Jewish Center for Learning and


“… A feast of Talmudic stories, historical accounts and suggested activities which will stimulate and enrich discussion around the Seder table…. Most enjoyable is the connection between the ancient and the contemporary, the timely and timeless quality of our eternal texts which David Arnow has masterfully managed to bring to our attention… Creating Lively Passover Seders will serve as a marvelous companion piece to the Passover Haggadah….”

—Rabbi Shlomo Riskin, Chancellor, Ohr Torah Stone Institutions of Israel

“A deeply enriched and enriching Seder awaits those who use David Arnow’s comprehensive sourcebook. His chapter on Women of the Exodus is alone worth the cover price.

—Letty Cottin Pogrebin, author of Deborah, Golda, and Me: Being Female and Jewish

    in America, and Three Daughters: A Novel

“Arnow has created a treasure trove of lore and scholarship, insight and activities that will fascinate and enlighten readers and enrich their Seders for decades. Not only will this volume deepen the reader’s understanding, it will add immeasurably to Seders through an extraordinary array of strategies for reaching the diverse groups who gather to share the Seder experience.”

—Rabbi David A. Teutsch, Past President, Reconstructionist Rabbinical College

“… A gift to Jewish parents and teachers who want to explore the many layers of history and interpretation in our celebration of freedom.”

—Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, editor, The Open Door: A Passover Haggadah

“…An ingenious synthesis of history, legend, law and spirituality (un)leavened with practically helpful, politically important and psychologically sophisticated suggestions on how to transform your meal into a true celebration of asking and learning. This book belongs next to every Seder plate.”

—Rabbi Lawrence Kushner, author, The River of Light and Honey from the Rock

“Extraordinary in its depth and breadth, this collection is much more than a sourcebook; it is the work of a master teacher…. This richly informative and inspiring book is a treasure for all those seeking to create a Seder that is alive with questions that matter.”

—Rabbi Sharon Cohen Anisfeld, editor, The Women’s Passover Companion