Below are excerpts from Steve Lipman’s article in the New York Jewish Week.
“On Passover, which commemorates an ancient story of liberation, a popular cartoonist has freed the narrative in a thoroughly modern way.”
“’The story boards are really clever and engaging,’ said Daniel Levine, the longtime owner of J. Levine Books & Judaica in midtown, who added that he has ‘never seen a Haggadah like this’— one rendered as a full-length graphic novel. ‘In my 40 years [at the firm] this is the most captivating and creative one I have seen.'”
“Gorfinkel’s Haggadah is the new face of the Passover text.”
“A Haggadah in graphic novel form is a perfect adaptation for the millennial generation that was raised in an atmosphere of individualized iTunes playlists, said Rabbi Elly Krimsky, program director of NJOP (formerly the National Jewish Outreach Program). Today, he said, people can find Haggadahs that reflects their way of thinking, that speak their language. ‘Instead of just reading a text,’ Rabbi Krimsky said, ‘they want to see how the text provides meaning for them.'” High praise from such an esteemed journalist! Still not convinced? Check out the following excerpts from Rochel Sylvestsky’s article in Artuz Sheva: