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For This We Left Egypt?: A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them

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If you’ve ever suffered through a Passover Seder, you’re well aware of the fact that the entire evening can feel like we’re still in bondage. There are endless stories, frequent hand washing, and not enough eating. The book you hold before you is no ordinary Haggadah. For This We Left Egypt? is a hilarious and entertaining parody from the comedic minds of Dave Barry, Alan ...more
Hardcover, 96 pages
Published March 14th 2017 by Flatiron Books
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Arin Williams You may want to have a little background on Judaism, but it isn't necessary. The occasional Hebrew word/phrase pops up that might not be familiar, so…moreYou may want to have a little background on Judaism, but it isn't necessary. The occasional Hebrew word/phrase pops up that might not be familiar, so I've been keeping Google Translate as a handy reading companion. I've taken multiple world religion classes and had more than a few discussions on Judaism with Jewish friends, so I might have a leg up on most people reading this book who are also coming from a non-Jewish background. However, I'm also coming at this book as a long-time friend of Dave Barry, and it has all of his patented laugh-out-loud-in-spite-of-yourself humor; I think that anyone can appreciate that, regardless of religious upbringing.(less)
Arin Williams You may want to have a little background on Judaism, but it isn't necessary. The occasional Hebrew word/phrase pops up that might not be familiar, so…moreYou may want to have a little background on Judaism, but it isn't necessary. The occasional Hebrew word/phrase pops up that might not be familiar, so I've been keeping Google Translate as a handy reading companion. I've taken multiple world religion classes and had more than a few discussions on Judaism with Jewish friends, so I might have a leg up on most people reading this book who are also coming from a non-Jewish background. However, I'm also coming at this book as a long-time friend of Dave Barry, and it has all of his patented laugh-out-loud-in-spite-of-yourself humor; I think that anyone can appreciate that, regardless of religious upbringing.(less)

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אבי בן-תקוה
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was amazing
A light hearted, comical telling of the Pesach Seder traditions.
Kevin Hogan
May 01, 2018 rated it liked it
Not terribly deep, but entertaining.

I came into this book ignorant, and I left it slightly less ignorant and only marginally more confused. But I laughed.
Martin
Apr 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
This book is a riotous scream of rolling hilarity, and a great companion for your seder - whether or not the sense of humor of the three writers is your taste or not.

For me, though, I've loved these guys for years. True wits who know how to build on jokes and love a great guffaw of a footnote where and when they can make one.

Beyond the great laughs, though, was a thoroughly interesting aspect of the book: they ask logical questions about the seder and Jewish history that do actually set the head
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Mendi  winstead
Apr 22, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was a goodreads giveaway and I was not sure what to expect. I was pleasantly surprised. A humorous quick read.
Kelly Wagner
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: non-fiction
Yes, it's /that/ Dave Barry. No, he's not Jewish. But his two co-authors are.
It's a Haggadah and a bit of a meta-Hagaddah, going into the subject of why have a Hagaddah, who got to choose what to commemorate and how, and how did people come to agree on the symbols and symbolism of each item. But not too much of that.
My favorite part is the songs at the end, where such favorites as Chad Gadya are, um, updated.
From Echad Mi Yodea:
Who knows five? I know five.
Five are the books of the Torah
And the
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Yosef Shapiro
May 14, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: humor, jewish-books
This book is a send up of the practices that are done on Seder night. Dave Barry and his collaborators have written an insane take on the Seder and its related rituals. I am not sure of the exact way that they collaborated. As a long time Barry reader, I can recognize some of his common themes and jokes. But, I also know that he does not know any Hebrew and has little knowledge of many of the concepts in this book. It almost feels like they all sat down together, sampled copious amounts of Seder ...more
Jane
Mar 16, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Since Woody Allen is now a shanda...

...these three guys have taken up the mantel of writing with such an inflection that I could swear that my grandfather Abe, of blessed memory, out of the grave and talking to me. Oy!
Tony Laplume
Apr 15, 2019 rated it really liked it
No, I'm not Jewish. I read this because I'm a fan of Dave Barry. Unlike a lot of readers who show up for newer Dave Barry books, however, I'm not gonna say something like, "I used to like Dave Barry." I love Dave Barry. I read his new material as enthusiastically as I've ever read his material. This particular material might best be appreciated by someone who's actually Jewish. I don't know. Maybe. But not definitely.

The Haggadah is something Jews read every Passover (figured I'd read it roughly
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Dale
Mar 04, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: humor
Funny, entertaining and possibly a tad off color!

When I ordered this book, I knew what I was getting into. Dave Barry is quite likely the funniest man in America, if not the world. I have the vast majority of his books, so I had a pretty good idea concerning the humor. Then too, his co-authors, while being Jewish, are also involved with humorous sitcoms and books. They have a wicked way of matching the humor of Dave Barry!

When the book came, I thought what is it with this cover? Then I remembere
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Kes
Sep 12, 2018 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Entertaining read.

I don't know anything about Judaism, but it is quite funny, especially the footnotes. The humour can be a little puerile, but it's great if you're drunk (which the book endorses).

I did like the Discussion Questions, such as:

If you could visit ten different forms of living hell on an entire country to punish a leader the people hadn't even elected, which country would you choose? Would you feel like a big man afterward?


And I liked that he rewrote traditional songs, including a c
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Julia
Mar 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Really funny, but as a parody Haggadah, it doesn’t stand on its own. To get the jokes, you have to be familiar with the normal Passover Seder, because this book skips half of it and mocks the rest. Therefore, it doesn’t function as a true Haggadah and you probably shouldn’t use it.

However, people who have suffered through long Seders that always feel too serious will find this one funny. To those, I would highly recommend this parody book, at least from the library for a good laugh.
Shira Reiss
Feb 04, 2018 rated it did not like it
I started to read it as a book and found it very stupid and no funny. So, since my book group chose this book, I got the CD from the library. thinking that since the authors are reading the book aloud, it MIGHT be funnier. It wasn't. Stupid book. Stupid humor.
Roshnara Mohamed
Jul 19, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: 2017
In typical Dave Barry style, this book will make you chuckle at many of the Passover Seder traditions upheld by your typical Jewish family. Its not necessary to know the exact traditions to appreciate the humour in this book, but knowing them would definitely make this a much funnier read.
Christine Brodsky
Aug 07, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Picked this book up and laughed out loud all the way through. Fun read for anyone who has sat through a Seder.
Josh
May 04, 2017 rated it liked it
Shelves: nonfiction, comedy
I received this book free through Goodreads First Reads.

This was a pretty easy read. Easily the funniest Haggadah I've ever read.
Jenn
Jul 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: books-won
I won a copy of this book.

It was a humorous book and a quick, entertaining read. Also, as an adult, I found it an interesting look at Passover. Not for kids.
Elizabeth
May 13, 2017 rated it really liked it
super silly but it made me laugh A LOT.

Arin Williams
Feb 23, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This book pushed me ever closer to converting to Judaism, something that I've already been considering for several years.
Will
Sep 15, 2017 rated it it was ok
Oy gewalt! With Jews like these, who needs anti-semites? And do they even answer the one thing I wanted answered? WHAT DO WE DO WITH THE EGG, AFTER IT'S LEFT STANDING BY ITSELF?
Arielle
Sep 22, 2018 rated it liked it
Cute and elicited a few chuckles.
Kristin
A silly romp of decidedly specific New York flavor. I love the "preoccupation with either pooping or not pooping."
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Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Many people are still trying to figure out how this happened.
Dave has also written a total of 30 books, although virtually none of them contain useful information. Two of his books were used as
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