Dry Bones Passover Haggadah, Kirschen's Haggadah, is a combination of the traditional (all the Hebrew text, with directions and explanations) and the innovative (some old Passover-related cartoons, some new ones, and his ubiquitous Uncle Shuldig figure, the Jewish people s Greek chorus). The Haggadah should be something that brings us all together, Kirschen says in a telephone interview from his Tel Aviv home. The Haggadah is the only book that is in every Jewish home. And many of them are illustrated. It is the graphic novel of the Jewish people. He says the readers of Dry Bones range from extreme progressives to the most black-hat haredim. And that, says Kirschen, is what the Dry Bones Haggadah is shooting for. There's no political or religious agenda in it just the serious Yom Tov themes presented in a light way. I needed to create a Haggadah that speaks to people the way Dry Bones speaks to people, Kirschen says. --NY Jewish Week Newspaper
Passover Seder Fun With Yaakov Kirschen's Dry Bones Haggadah
Longtime Jerusalem Post cartoonist Yaakov “Dry Bones” Kirschen’s popular Passover Haggadah is once again on offer through Amazon ahead of the holiday next month. The lavish Haggadah, generously annotated with Dry Bones cartoons, provides a complete, traditional text in Hebrew and English.
“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,” says Kirschen.
For the page layout of the Dry Bones Haggadah the Dry Bones team decided to use a uniquely Jewish approach. It is modeled on the layout used by the pages of the Talmud; the main text appearing in the middle of the page, being surrounded by commentary. In this Haggadah, the traditional text and translation appear in the middle of each page, surrounded by Dry Bones cartoon commentary.-- The Jerusalem Post
Veteran creator of 'Dry Bones' cartoons creates a 'guidebook' relevant for Jews of every stripe and every generation. Each page of this brand-new, self-published Hebrew-English Haggadah is framed by graphics and Dry Bones cartoons, many featuring the beloved character of Uncle Shuldig. Its structure, says Kirschen, is modeled on the Talmud, with the main text appearing in the middle of the page and surrounded by commentary in this case, various elements of contemporary relevance and wit in the more than 3,000-year-old story of the Exodus from Egypt. --Haaretz Newspaper