The Orange on the Plate

The Liberated Seder

by Lois Heckman Illustrated by Ellen Deschatres



Book Details

Language : English
Publication Date : 08/05/2012

Format : Softcover
Dimensions : 8.5x8.5
Page Count : 36
ISBN : 9781477103623

About the Book

This is not your grandparent’s Haggadah. The Orange on the Plate: A Liberated Seder is a reinterpretation of the Haggadah, offering a service that is not too long, yet full of all the great stories of Passover. It provides an opportunity for everyone at the table to participate as much or as little as they wish. Woman-centered, the service can include men, too. It is very appropriate for secular, spiritual and non-traditional people. It is not a worship service, but a celebration of the story, told in a friendly and fresh way, complete with ritual and discussion. “A refreshing take on the traditional Passover Seder! This is a sensitively written, thoughtful Seder minus the dogma. It gets to the essence of what the Seder is all about - a celebration of those who have longed for and achieved liberation throughout the history of humankind.” - Andrea K. Ecke, Professor of World Religions, Misericordia University “A lucid, highly accessible, but also deeply feminist version of the Passover ritual. This progressive — even radical — reading of the holiday's history is wonderfully imaginative and critical at the same time. Heckman has given us all a hopeful, inclusive, and empowering vision of the Passover experience.” - Janet Gyatso, Harvard Divinity School

About the Author

AUTHOR: Lois Heckman is a celebrant, writer, musician, and social activist, who lives and works in the Pocono Mountains of Pennsylvania. She describes this Seder as the one she always wished for, never found, and so decided to write it herself. ILLUSTRATOR: Ellen Deschatres is a visual artist and celebrant who lives and works in Wildwood, Missouri. As an artist, she works in a variety of mediums, including textile/quilt, oil, watercolor, pen, graphite, pastels and charcoal. A sampling of her work can be found at