How to describe Rav Yaakov Perlow, the Novominsker Rebbe? He was a Rebbe and Rosh Yeshivah. A leader of the worldwide Torah community. A brilliant thinker, gifted speaker and writer, a compassionate guide and advisor to thousands, and, of course, an outstanding talmid chacham.
We all know the story of the Exodus, of Yetziyas Mitzrayim. In The Novominsk Haggadah Rav Perlow reveals to us the neshamah, the soul of that story. He examines each word of the Haggadah and creates a brilliant synthesis of machshavah and hashkafah, of Midrashim and commentaries. He shares with us a breathtaking view of the mission and miracle of the Jewish People, and gives us a new and powerful appreciation of what we are celebrating as we sit down to our Seder.
Here are so many important themes, so many eye-opening insights. What does it mean to be the Chosen People? What are the foundations of our emunah? How can we understand Hashem’s unalterable love for Klal Yisrael? What are the lessons of history that we can learn, and how do they pertain to our lives today? What does our past tell us about our future?
The Novominsk Haggadah also includes a special section on the Rebbe’s teachings of Shir HaShirim, which gives us a new and intriguing understanding of its words.
Rabbi Yecheskel Ostreicher was a close talmid of Rav Perlow. Working together with members of the Novominsker’s family and many of his students, he has drawn upon the Rebbe’s shiurim, speeches and writings to fashion a Haggadah that will enrich our Seder, and our lives.