“…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 of a score of books on spirituality, Judaism, and Kabbalah
Welcome to Creating Lively Passover Seders, by David Arnow
One Chapter a Year: No More Boring Seders!
"An incredible sourcebook for anyone looking to add a new dimension to their understanding of Passover and enrichment of his or her Seder.” —Association of Jewish Libraries Newsletter
"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
"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
"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
"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
"… 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…"