Retelling the Story

Jonathan Safran Foer, Jeffrey Goldberg, Maureen Kendler


Why is this text different from all other texts? The Haggadah recounts the story of the Jews’ exodus from Egypt and is read around the Passover table each year. There are over 4000 known versions in existence; however this one is set to become the most wanted.

Edited by Jonathan Safran Foer and translated by Nathan Englander, this Haggadah is filled with essays and commentary from some of the brightest Jewish literary and intellectual voices including Rebecca Goldstein, Jeffrey Goldberg and Lemony Snicket, along with some stunning illustrations.

We listened to its editor Safran Foer and Jeffrey Goldberg -who wrote the commentary on “nation”- as they told Maureen Kendler about their thinking behind the long labour of passion which brought some of the US most exciting writers together.

Jonathan Safran Foer

Jonathan Safran Foer is the prize-winning author of Everything is Illuminated – published in 2002 – Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close and Eating Animals. He is currently a professor in the Graduate Creative Writing Programme at New York University.

Jeffrey Goldberg

Jeffrey Goldberg is a national correspondent for The Atlantic and a recipient of the National Magazine Award for Reporting. Author of the book Prisoners: A Muslim and a Jew Across the Middle East Divide, Goldberg also writes the magazine\'s advice column.

Maureen Kendler