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Cartoonist announces Dry Bones Haggadah for 2016


Veteran Dry Bones cartoonist Yaakov Kirschen has published his lavishly illustrated classic Passover Haggadah in a hardcover edition for this year's holiday. The popular and unique work features a complete, traditional text in Hebrew and English, with all blessings transliterated, with complete instructions, and with every one of its 104 pages framed by colorful Dry Bones cartoons.

Both the classical glossy hardcover, and the Haggadah's inside pages feature the unique typography and layout designs of talented Jerusalem book designer S. Kim Glassman while the Haggadah's vivid colors, have been picked, blended, and tweaked by Tel Aviv painter and colorist Sali Ariel.

The Haggadah's page design takes a uniquely Jewish approach, being modeled on the layout used by the Talmud (in which the main text appears in the middle of the page and is surrounded by commentary). In this Dry Bones Passover classic, the traditional text and translation appear in the middle of each page and are surrounded by Dry Bones cartoon commentary.

The cartoons really bring the story to life. They touch on Passover themes that we all deal with but come as a surprise to see. They speak directly to the Seder participants from youngsters to seniors, often featuring Kirschen's much loved characters, Mr. Shuldig and his dog, Doobie.

Kirschen said, "Everyone knows that the Jews have survived as a people, and nobody really knows why. They think we have a secret book, and we do, but its identity is more obvious than most would think. The secret book of the Jews is the Passover Haggadah. We have a guidebook for a ceremony that we do in our homes, every year, in order to teach the next generation. The Haggadah is the one book that gets passed down from family to family, generation to generation."

The readers of the Dry Bones Haggadah range from all the streams and traditions and from all the different ways that people relate to their Judaism. There's no political or religious agenda in it – just the serious Holiday themes presented in a light way.

The Dry Bones Passover Haggadah is distributed by Amazon.com and is available from http://www.store.drybones.com where a PDF version is also available.


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