Shmuel Herzfeld is the rabbi of Ohev Sholom The National Synagogue, and the oldest Orthodox synagogue in Washington, DC. He received rabbinic ordination from the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary, an affiliate of Yeshiva University, and a master's degree in Jewish history from Bernard Revel Graduate School of Yeshiva University. His first book was Fifty-Four Pick Up: Fifteen-Minute Inspirational Torah Lessons. He lives in Washington, DC.
[one] "of this year's most compelling new entries."
"...meaty commentary from leading Open Orthodox figures on everything..."
[one] "of this year's most compelling new entries."--David Wilensky"JTA- Jewish Telegraphic Agency" (03/29/2015)
By all criteria theLieberman Open Orthodox Haggadah by Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeldreleased just two weeks before Passover is a smashing success
Congregants have already bought every copy, yet historians should acquire a copy of this work to document the changes in American Jewry.
This Hagadah offers a message for active people- doers who want to change the world.
The haggadah reflects an ethos that educated laity should take an active role.
And several synagogues in various parts of the US replaced their long time rabbis with newer YU rabbis who are more about inclusion, family activities, and social orientation.
A haggadah can only contain this much critique of the system if a significant number of homes did not already feel alienated.
In short, this Haggadah oozes moxie and a direct appeal to those who like the Orthodox lifestyle but find a tension with what they perceive as the abuses of the system.
All who are hungry for this moxie, let them come and eat.-- (04/11/2015)
I highly recommend reading the haggadah ... good for your midot or character building
I find the content meaningful and thought provoking
The haggada has many useful features, including the simple questions (great for opening discussions with children) in each section.-- (04/03/2015)
This haggadah will keep the reader inspired for many years because it contains many books in one volume. First, the Hebrew text is printed very clearly, as are the accompanying modern English translation and instructions. Second, lively illustrations, together with questions, help keep the interest of the participants. Third, the work includes extended essays connected to the haggadah, Passover, and hot topics within contemporary Judaism, and some of these essays are supplied by guest voices.This haggadah will find a welcome place in many Seder night celebrations and in many libraries as it seeks to show new ways for observant Jews to connect to the ancient texts and halacha on the one hand, and on the other fills the spiritual and communal needs of a diverse Jewish population. After reading this book you may change the way you look at being a modern Jew.-- (12/02/2015)