Tuesday, May 30, 2023

Reviewing: “The Dry Bones Passover Haggadah” by Yaakov Kirschen. Koren Publishers Jerusalem. Menorah Books. Hebrew/English. Hardcover. ISBN 

978-1-940-516-769. $16.95.

Make the Passover seder fun and entertaining with the award-winning Dry Bones comic strip! With a user-friendly layout and accessible English translation, this Haggadah will light up the seder for both children and adults. All the more exciting as it’s Kirschen’s 80th birthday this year! Celebrate this Passover with Kirschen’s crowning achievement: a fully kosher, complete English-Hebrew text with colorful cartoon commentary framing each page.

With a unique blend of Jewish humor and Israeli chutzpah, Dry Bones cartoons have been published in The Jerusalem Post for more than four decades, and have been reprinted in The New York Times, Time magazine, Los Angeles Times, Wall Street Journal and other major publications.

“Kirschen’s contribution to the morale of the people of Israel and to the Jews around the world is unique. His Dry Bones cartoons have for years been saying what most Israelis have been thinking but had been unable to express. He is giving us all a voice,” reviewed Moshe Arens, columnist for Haaretz, and former defense minister of Israel.

Yaakov Kirschen is a Brooklyn-born cartoonist who made aliyah to Israel in 1971 and began drawing his beloved Dry Bones cartoons in 1973 for The Jerusalem Post. Kirschen is a member of both America’s National Cartoonists Society and the Israeli Cartoonists Society. The Dry Bones story has been covered by CBS, CNN and many others. On Kirschen, Forbes said: “In the tradition of Nast, Herblock and Mauldin.”

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