This volume is richly illustrated by Gerard Garouste, a leading name in contemporary French painting. Garouste's illustrations are inspired by the historic stories told in the Haggadah, written by Marc-Alain Ouaknin, professor and author of several books on Judaism. But Haggadah is more than a book, it is a practical guide that follows the order of the Seder ceremony. This edition includes all the instructions in English and Hebrew text necessary to carry out a successful celebration in the traditional atmosphere of the event, and invites celebrants to challenge their intelligence, taste and spirituality. The Haggadah is the text for the Jewish ceremonial dinner, known as the Seder, which takes place on the first night of Passover. The festival commemorates one of the fundamental moments of Jewish history: the end of bondage in Egypt and the Exodus over 3,500 years ago.