Highlighting: “Let My People Go A Brick Haggadah Companion” by Tzachi Rosman. Mosaica Press. 2022. English. Hardcover. 46 pages. ISBN-13: 978-1952370960.
(Courtesy of Mosaica Press) Talking about bricks in the context of the Seder is nothing new. After all, the hallmark of the enslavement of the Jews in Mitzrayim, which we read in the Haggadah, is the following pasuk from Shemot (1:14): “They made life bitter for them with harsh labor at mortar and bricks and with all sorts of tasks in the field.” This year, thanks to the publication of the “Let My People Go: A Brick Haggadah Companion,” the discussion of bricks will likely have a slight twist. Not just the bricks of Mitzrayim, but of “everyone’s favorite building bricks!”
The book is meant as a companion to a full-text version of the Haggadah or to be used as a primary Haggadah for those for who would benefit from an abbreviated text. It contains depictions of each of the Simanei Haseder, makot, and other notable elements of the Haggadah built using Lego bricks by the author and then professionally photographed. Both Ma Nishtana and “Chad Gadya” contain the full Hebrew text with English translation.
Within the “Maggid” section, the author thoughtfully highlights various portions of the story of the Jews in Mitzrayim, from becoming slaves until being freed. Elements such as slavery, Moshe in the basket, Moshe and Aharon speaking to Pharoah, and Kriyat Yam Suf are included with text from corresponding pesukim. This makes the book ideal for teaching the Pesach story and engaging children in the process of learning.
With laminated pages that are sure to be helpful around spills and crumbs at the Seder, this book is the perfect addition to the Seder for adults and children alike.
One Instagram reviewer raved: “If you have a child who is obsessed with Lego, look how they depict the Seder. It is really cute. It has the main body of the Haggadah, but not all of the Haggadah, so ideal for children at the Seder who like Lego. I recommend you take the Haggadah with you to the Lego shop to get the pieces you need to build the models. This is part of the way that we teach our children the story of Pesach on their level, in the way that they can integrate it. This is a really amazing book.”