On March 28, 2012, The Jewish Theological Seminary hosted—and webcasted online—a discussion with Jonathan Safran Foer, author (Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Everything Is Illuminated) and editor of the best-selling New American Haggadah, which sold out its first print run in less than three weeks. Questions were taken from the in-person audience of JTS rabbinical students and from online viewers. Click the screen for this extraordinary conversation with one of America's most acclaimed and influential young authors discussing the timelessness of the Passover story, the thinking behind the New American Haggadah, the secret desire of Jewish writers to be rabbis, and more.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012 / 5 Nisan 5772
12:30 p.m. EST


Read each year around the seder table, the Haggadah recounts through prayer, song, and ritual the extraordinary story of Exodus. Now, Jonathan Safran Foer, editor of New American Haggadah (Little, Brown and Company, bilingual edition, 2012), has developed a different way of experiencing and understanding one of our oldest, most timeless, and sacred stories, with a translation of the traditional text by Nathan Englander and provocative commentary by major Jewish writers and thinkers.

What they're saying about New American Haggadah:

"A touching and scholarly Haggadah that offers fresh insights . . . what makes this Haggadah shine is the combination of commentary, design, and illustration . . . [it makes] us think, laugh, cry, and ask questions."Julia Neuberger, Financial Times

"New American Haggadah is as finely-designed as any book you are likely to come across, religious affiliation notwithstanding . . . unlike [Haggadot] that take an anodyne approach to history, this one respects its audience enough to engage in some of the most pressing questions facing Jews today, trusting that they are smart enough to come to their own conclusion."—Alexander Nazaryan, New York Daily News