Ahhhh, the sound of jackhammers

We are currently under construction, or as they call it across the pond: “Refurbishment.”

If you think about it, that makes a lot more sense, doesn’t it?

Anyway, to give you SOMEthing for your visit, let’s talk about our co-founder’s haggadot, shall we?

First up, The Emoji Haggadah:

https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1602803463

And the crazy amount of press he got for it:

Interviews:

https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/the-haggadah-symbolically-speaking/

https://www.jewishlinknj.com/features/28592-first-ever-emoji-haggadah-heralds-a-symbolic-pesach

https://view.flipdocs.com/?PID=1000741#20

https://www.vosizneias.com/320373/2019/04/03/passaic-nj-first-ever-emoji-hagada-hits-store-shelves/

https://www.jewishbookcouncil.org/_blog/The_ProsenPeople/post/emojis-and-exodus-an-interview-with-martin-bodek/

https://www.northjersey.com/story/life/faith/2019/04/16/passover-seders-wacky-haggadahs-star-zombies-mrs-maisel-trump/3421136002/


The Rise of the D.I.Y. Haggadah

Reviews, Essays, and Name-Drops:

https://forward.com/schmooze/422071/a-new-haggadah-tells-passover-story-in-emojis-entirely/

https://forward.com/culture/421819/the-best-new-haggadot-and-the-best-of-all-time/

https://www.isjl.org/mar19-haggadot.html

https://jewishjournal.com/culture/books/296793/authors-get-creative-in-new-haggadahs/

https://www.vox.com/the-goods/2019/4/17/18411037/passover-haggadah-comic-book-harry-potter-maxwell-house

https://www.jewishpress.com/sections/books/book-reviews/new-haggadah-suggestions/2019/04/15/

https://www.juedische-allgemeine.de/kultur/bitte-laecheln/

http://www.kolemunah.net/lampert-library/best-books-2019-2/

https://blogs.brandeis.edu/freshideasfromhbi/customize-your-seder-and-raise-a-glass-to-mrs-cowen/

https://covenantcompanion.com/2019/04/19/five-for-friday-forgiving-tiger-eating-muskrat-during-lent-emoji-haggadah/

https://www.c-j-c.org/news/arts.aspx?id=449672

https://forward.com/culture/466028/after-14-years-reviewing-haggadahs-our-expert-dishes-on-the-good-bad-and/

Then he went and published The Festivus Haggadah:

He got a nice shout-out it for it here, along with The Emoji Haggadah:

https://www.eater.com/2020/4/7/21192942/maxwell-house-haggadah-history-passover-seder

Then got a nice blurb for it alongside a spate of Seinfeld haggadot:

https://thejewishnews.com/2021/03/12/from-seinfeld-to-wwii-morocco-these-new-haggadah-options-will-spice-up-your-passover-seder/

This got him thinking what the deal was with all these Seinfeld haggadot, so he wrote about it:

https://jewishlink.news/features/42710-what-is-the-deal-with-all-these-seinfeld-haggadot

It was then mentioned as being a part of haggadah history!:

He even got it mentioned in the official Festivus Wiki page!:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Festivus

And THEN he went and published The Coronavirus Haggadah and for some reason, released it for free:

https://tinyurl.com/CoronavirusHaggadah

But also released paid print and ebook version whose proceeds go to all those in the trenches:

http://www.lulu.com/shop/martin-bodek/the-coronavirus-haggadah/paperback/product-24486572.html

http://www.lulu.com/shop/martin-bodek/the-coronavirus-haggadah/ebook/product-24486799.html

And he went and got himself some good press for this one too!:

https://view.flipdocs.com/?PID=1000741#80

https://jewishweek.timesofisrael.com/elijahs-quarantined-in-this-haggadah/

https://northjersey.com/story/life/2021/03/19/passover-2021-nj-authors-put-modern-spin-ancient-haggadah/6918681002/

And what is this? Another haggadah? Yes indeed! Which brings Mr. Bodek to #4, tying him with the comedy writer Dave Cowen, with no end in sight to either of their creative output. We present to you, The Shakespeare Haggadah:

https://www.amazon.com/Shakespeare-Haggadah-Elevate-Your-Seder/dp/1637586221/

The media coverage converged immediately. First we have this brilliant article by Deena Yellin, which spidered everywhere:

https://www.northjersey.com/story/news/2022/03/25/modern-passover-haggadah-children-teaneck-nj/9416529002/

The author then appeared on the New York Shakespeare group’s Instagram Live Show. His segment starts at the 51:00 mark:

Next, the first print review appeared in the Long Island Jewish World, then picked up by The Manhattan Sentinel and Intermountain Jewish News. Go to page 23:

jewishworld.dept-i.com/040122

The JTA declared that this offering would brighten your Passover. We agree:

“The World’s Greatest Expert on Haggadot” gave lots of love to The World’s Most Prolific Haggadah Writer, plus a marvelous suggestion which might work:

https://forward.com/culture/485012/best-and-worst-haggadah-for-passover-seder-marcia-falk-zion-ozeri/?

Here’s a sterling, thorough, erudite review from the Orthodox Union, so firstly, it’s 100% kosher for passover, and secondly, the reviewer really appreciated the book:

Unsolicited article, so not every fact is super-perfect, but thankful for the ink:

https://nj1015.com/this-nj-author-just-saved-your-next-seder-by-engaging-the-kids/?

This writer captures the nuts, bolts, and joy of this writing process:

https://jewishlink.news/features/50467-introducing-the-shakespeare-haggadah

Cindy Grosz had the author on her Passover-themed radio show:

https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-cindys-celebrity-corner-wi-81098891/episode/the-cindy-grosz-show-talk-radios-only-95360395/?cmp=ios_share&sc=ios_social_share&pr=false&fbclid=IwAR1pwadVh9wDQ8iqq-B78vg7zAHJZdQwGEBDI1J_fSfccNnStb8-5lEBXCY

Here is the YouTube version of the interview. The author’s segment starts at the 25:00 mark:

This obsessive collector makes it clear that the author’s wares are an essential part of any haggadah collection:

https://www.northjersey.com/story/life/2022/04/12/haggadhah-passover-seders-heres-why-collect-them/7218615001/?fbclid=IwAR1QsYVMlMRcUUuDoXKREedVe45TZTKPNO5QiK_ugCLyBzK-BCNu4vPrd4Q

A glowing review here, and another “Most Original Haggadah Award” trophy!:

https://www.jewishpress.com/sections/books/book-reviews/a-haggadah-for-fans-of-the-bard/2022/04/14/

This name-drop declared The Shakespeare Haggadah “unlikely.” We’ll take it:

https://www.jpost.com/judaism/jewish-holidays/article-704181

They love the book in Italy!:

https://moked.it/blog/2022/04/19/lhaggadah-di-shakespeare/

Now where were we? Ah yes, while we still have your attention, TheKnish.com has a lively presence here:
https://www.facebook.com/Theknishcom-383079135160649/

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We promise.

Before you leave, have a taste: