Funny, entertaining and possibly a tad off color!
For This, we left Egypt? A Passover Haggada by Dave Barry, Alan Zweibel, and Adam Mansbach
When I ordered this book, I knew what I was getting into. Dave Barry is quite likely the funniest man in America, if not the world. I have the vast majority of his books, so I had a pretty good idea concerning the humor. Then too, his co-authors, while being Jewish, are also involved with humorous sitcoms and books. They have a wicked way of matching the humor of Dave Barry!
When the book came, I thought what is it with this cover? Then I remembered using Google Translate to translate something into Hebrew. The way the letters are written is from left to right. That explained things before I opened the book.
I would not have purchased this book except for the fact that the humor is being written or approved by people who are actually members of the Jewish religion. They are welcome to make jokes about their traditions and religious practices because they have been through the Seder themselves. They write knowing they will likely continue to celebrate the next Passover. Even Dave Barry, who has never tried to hide that he is not particularly religious, has written about attending Seder with his wife and her family.
Someone who was poking fun at someone else’s traditions and beliefs would be unacceptable to me. And you know what? I did manage to learn about the real Passover Haggada and the observation of a Seder! Even between the humorous relating of why the Israelites wandered in the wilderness for forty years, (Moses wouldn’t ask directions!) the solemn nature of this feast comes through!
I give the book five stars.
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