The Jewish holiday of Passover starts on April 6th this year. The reading of the Haggadah at the Passover table is an important Jewish tradition. Why is this night different from all other nights? asks the youngest child, and thousands of years of tradition are sustained in the reading of the Haggadah and the retelling of the flight from Egypt and freedom from bondage.
In good time for this year’s Passover, a New American Haggadah has been published by Little, Brown. It has been edited by the novelist Jonathan Safran Foer and designed by the extraordinary Israeli designer and typographer Oded Ezer.
Foer’s willingness to use experimental graphic techniques in his novels makes him naturally attuned to Oded Ezer’s intensely creative, yet rigorous and finely-crafted design work. Ezer has not previously designed a Haggadah, although he did create a most beautiful Ketubah, or religious marriage contract, one of the works featured in his recent monograph The Typographer’s Guide to the Galaxy.
The marvellous care and beauty of its Hebrew typography and the complete modernity of its overall design makes the New American Haggadah a superb example of Oded Ezer’s creative work.