This whole book is very complicated for readers. It's also, again, not nuanced or complex or anything but vaguely lesson-y and juvenile, which makes it illogical for adult characters and strangely insulting and yet unhelpfully vague for child readers. This is an incredible story, filled with uncomfortable moments that older readers can explore in understanding what it must have been like right as a war was ending. A soldier home on leave in Cincinnati shipped matzah and to his colleagues. During the course of the evening, Jacob comes to appreciate what the Seder and Passover represents to his people. Based on a true story, the Note: this turned into not so much a review, but rather a recap with heavy commentary.
. His family has been preparing for Passover for weeks and he sits on the porch eating some Matzoh while contemplating this disappointment. I found this book not only entertaining but enlightening. The book changes the This is a real story. One wonders how the Virginian family and the Yankee soldier each interpreted the haggadah portions describing the evils of bondage.
He saw a little boy eating matzah on a porch, and found himself invited to the seder. The herb was very bitter and very fiery like Cayenne pepper, and excited our thirst to such a degree that we forgot the law authorizing us to drink only four cups, and. When some Yankees come through town during Passover, one of them comes to his home seeking a family willing to share their Seder. Myer Levy and the Josephson family. Included in the front of the book are Passover terms and in the back, historical information about the soldier the book is based on.
The E-mail message field is required. Rabbis set aside their sermons and wept openly at their pulpits, as did their congregants. This splendid book will give readers a great deal to think about. In the antebellum South, how could a family sit down to a Passover supper, reciting the prayers that celebrated the end of slavery, while being served by slaves? Sensitively written and beautifully illustrated. The Yankee talked a lot about war. Its mind warping to get my head around the idea of the Kadeish being recited with a southern drawl.
The illustrations in this book are done in oil. The war is over, and everyone is saying the South lost. Weber also mentions that after the war many Jews in the North made a point to raise and ship supplies specifically for holidays such as Passover and sent them to their relatives-by-religion in the impoverished South. Basically, they are drawn by real people. It is a delicate time, the states are in upheaval from destruction and war, but it is also a time to be welcoming to others.
He then points out the part about the solders drowning in the Red Sea, reminding everyone, guest and family, that you are supposed to consider what it feels like to be a member of the other side. The tension in the situation was portrayed through the narration by the young boy whose family held the seder. The tension and awkwardness between the soldier and the family is immediately felt and flares up during a dinner debate, which, is part of Jewish tradition to honor individual interpretation to each side of a story. Next we have two post scripts from the author. We had the lamb, but did not know what part was to represent it at the table; but Yankee ingenuity prevailed, and it was decided to cook the whole and put it on the table, then we could dine off it, and be sure we got the right part. Josephson and his father, Jacobs father and grandfather, there is an unnatural distance between the men as they shake hands.
Levy to enjoy seder, a feast at the beginning of Passover, at their house that evening. This is a very interesting book. I would definitely recommend this book to others. Should spark discussion around the seder table and in classrooms of history. The book is open to somewhere in the middle, English text and Hebrew script side by side, and, spread across the prayers, is a discoloration, dark brown on light brown, showing where someone let a large splash of wine drop from his or her cup onto the page and then hastily tried to wipe it off, smearing it into the page, leaving behind a mark that shows future generations that the past is not a dry, dusty thing, but something vibrate and exciting. It is a delicate time, the states are in upheaval from destruction and war, but it is also a time to be welcoming to others.
I perhaps could not finish it. I found this book not only entertaining but enlightening. At the back of the book, there are additional notes about the real story of the Yankee soldier, and the meaning of Passover. He gets his chance when he sees a real, live Yankee soldier walking down his street, on leave for Passover. The war is just getting over and there are soldiers in need of a place to go, so they stay with the Josephson's. They all enjoy Passover together and tell of the stories of how they all came from different places.