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HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL 7,-2017 PAGE 15A By Yaakov (Dry Bones) Kirschen The secret truth is that for many people, the reading of the Haggadah can be a boring and tiresome experi- ence. A typical response is to either skip pages or to buy a "shortened" Haggadah, which deletes material so as to make the Seder less"painfully long." In contrast, the Dry Bones Passover Haggadah takes a completely opposite approach to solving the problem. It expands the Haggadah with colorful and funny cartoons framing every one of its 104 pages. The resulting Dry Bones Passover Seder experi- ence is more than "full"; it's a fun, fresh, and enjoyable experience for all your guests. The Haggadah's Dry Bones cartoons speak directly to each of the Seder participants. Grumpy grandparents and bored kids are equally enter- tained. Dry Bones cartoon characters comment on the shared Seder event and on the text being read aloud. This unique Haggadah pro- vides the full and complete Hebrew text along with Dry Bones's own accurate line- by-line English translation of the Hebrew for ease in keeping Hebrew readers and English readers together. This Haggadah also gives detailed instructions in Hebrew and English along with transla- tions and transliterations of all blessings. The Dry Bones "Plague of Frogs" activity workbook is a companion piece to the Dry Bones Haggadah. Beyond origami, with this activity book your Seder table will spring to life with a hustling "plague" of colorful frogs, Yaakov which you've built yourself or with your kids. Explaining the origin of this new Passover treat, Kirschen says, "Whenever I think of the plague of frogs, I imagine the land of Egypt be- ing overrun with hundreds of different types of frogs. In my mind I picture frogs from all (Dry Bones) Kirschen and his frogs. over the world, pouring into Pharaoh's kingdom in huge colorful, swarming crowds. It was this vision that gave birth to this book and to its selectionof frogs from around the world." Together, the cartoons of the Dry Bones Haggadah and the tabletop plague of frogs combine to make a very special and meaningful expe- rience for adults and children. Together they will make this truly "a night different from all other nights." The Dry Bones Haggadah and the Plague of Frogs are both available through Amazon. Repair the World supple- ments wise, wicked, simple, quiet sons at this year's seder A special Passover supple- ment to spur challenging and meaningful conversa- tions on racial justice is now available from Repair the World--the Jewish Service leader--and the Jewish Mul- tiracial Network. Tweaking the tradition of four sons asking loaded questions and receiving answers in kind, s on "The Four People" are each on their own racial justice journey and ask questions reflecting their multiple perspectives, various back- grounds, different races, and different ages. "Thevalues underlying our Passover tradition compel us not only to tell the story of liberation but to stand as al- lies of those still fighting for liberation, including many within the Jewish commu- nity," says David Eisner, CEO of Repair the World. "The seder is filled with tools and symbols for strengthening our connection with the hardships of oppression and the divine path to winning freedom. Sometimes, though, a little prompt can be useful to push our conversation into the challenging dimensions a modern exploration of oppres- sion deserves. In its evolution, the questions and responses from the Four Sons has often served the purpose of setting up difficult conversations. So, it felt right to use that as a model to investigate our abil- ity to act in support of racial justice today." The Four People represents a "complicated constellation of identity and experience; they are not simply good or bad, guileless or silent. They are Jews of Color and white Jews. They are Mizrahi, Sep- hardi, and Ashkenazi; they are youth middle-aged, and elders." Tley ask questions such as: How do people work toward etuality if the tac- tics and strategies used by currelt racial justice movemelts make them uncomforable? How do newcomers to these racal justice efforts reach andengage with mar- ginalized communities in an authentic ,nd sustained way? How night Jews of Color engage in acial justice work in a way tue to themselves, acknowleging their own varied histries and interests? How o people engage if they are too scared to even be- gin a conversation about race? The Four People is part of Repair's Act Now for Racial Justice campaign, which, during Passover, includes op- portunities and resources to host seders with meaningful conversations and to engage in service opportunities to address urgent needs created by racial injustice. Its Pass- over Pyramid cutout includes powerful quotes from modern day Jewish racial justice lead- ers. Other resources address issues around food justice. "Young adults in particular want to address the pressing issues and the injustice they see around them," adds Eisner. "Act Now for Racial Justice is an avenue for meaningful engagement, for creating change on the ground, and for continuing to elevate the place of service in American Jewish life." Anew Haggadah that builds on the Exodus and teaches the Israel connection A new Passover Haggadah is being distributed by Stand- WithUs, an international Israel education organization, that emphasizes not only the themes of slavery and freedom but also underscores Jews' 3,000-year-long con- nection to their ancestral homeland, Israel. The Hag- gadah, "From Ancient Egypt to Modern Israel," is the brainchild of StandWithUs co-founder and CO0, Jerry Rothstein. "According to a Pew re- search survey, 70 percent of Jews in America from all denominations will likely participate in a Passover seder," states Rothstein. "This statistic is greater than par- ticipation on Yore Kippur, on Rosh Hashanah, or during the lighting of Shabbat candles. What better time to reach high numbers of Jews of all ages as well as their non-Jewish friends who will be attending their seders?" The new StandWithUs Hag- gadah contains the traditional service and adds beautiful original artwork, Hebrew text with English translation, and updates the language to modify the text from "you should tell your sons" to "you should tell your children." StandWithUs is also preparing to distribute this Haggadah published in other languages. "While all Haggadahs do a great job focusing on the Jew- ish suffering during slavery and the miracle of the escape from Egypt, the subsequent arrival in the ancestral land of Israel (immediately following the Exodus) should also be taught at the Passover table," adds Rothstein. There has been an over- whelming response to the new StandWithUs Hagga- dah. 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