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THE tried and tested clas­sics have tri­umphed over mod­ern ver­sions in the bat­tle to be the most pop­u­lar haggadah this Pesach, ac­cord­ing to the re­sults of a JC straw poll.

The pub­li­ca­tion of a Harry Pot­ter-themed haggadah has pro­voked de­bate ahead of Seder night, but Jewish book­sell­ers across the coun­try re­ported tra­di­tional texts were still sell­ing well.

Emer­i­tus Chief Rabbi Sacks’s commentary on the Koren haggadah is the best-sell­ing edi­tion at Jerusalem the Golden in Gold­ers Green, ac­cord­ing to sales as­sis­tant Yechiel Wil­helm.

He said: “That’s al­ways the pop­u­lar one. It was reprinted three years ago and it’s still cur­rent.

“Usu­ally we would sell 50 to 100 copies a year. But the year the re-print came out we sold close to 500. Most peo­ple walk into the shop, and af­ter look­ing around for a bit they go straight for that one. It’s very pop­u­lar.”

At Aisen­thal Ju­daica, in Tem­ple For­tune, the Sil­ber­man’s Chil­dren’s Haggadah re­mains the most pop­u­lar, with the newly-re­leased Un­of­fi­cial Hog­warts Haggadah, by Rabbi Moshe Rosen­berg, a close sec­ond.

The store’s Zalmi Son­nen­feld said: “You have a lot of in­ter­est in the Harry Pot­ter one. Any­thing with that name on it is al­ways bound to do well.”

In Man­ches­ter, fam­i­lies were stick­ing with the Chil­dren’s Haggadah at Ju­daica World in Prest­wich thanks largely to its nos­tal­gic ap­peal.

Micky Horowitz said: “It’s the best seller; we prob­a­bly do 50 to 100 copies ev­ery year. Peo­ple buy it be­cause they had it when they were kids.”

He said the store was not sell­ing the Harry Pot­terthemed ver­sion of the ex­o­dus story, which also re­ceived a cool reception at Manor House Books at the Stern­berg Cen­tre in Finch­ley.

Our Haggadah, by rab­bis Paul Freed­man and Yu­val Keren, is a best-seller at the cen­tre, along­side A Night to Re­mem­ber, by Mishael Zion and Noam Zion. Pho­netic edi­tions have also per­formed well this year.

Micky Wulick, of To­rah Trea­sures in Gold­ers Green, said Shoshana Sil­ber­man’s Fam­ily Haggadah was one of its most pop­u­lar edi­tions.

He said: “We sell many dif­fer­ent ones, but the best one is the Fam­ily Haggadah. It’s just £2.40 and it’s one of the chil­dren’s ones, with il­lus­tra­tions. Peo­ple some­times come in and buy 10 or 20 at a time.”

For Joseph’s Book­store, in Tem­ple For­tune, A Dif­fer­ent Night: the Fam­ily Par­tic­i­pa­tion Haggadah sells well ev­ery year, ac­cord­ing to owner Michael Joseph, as does the newly-re­leased Brother Haggadah, priced at £80.

Mr Joseph said a list of 10 “an­ti­quar­ian or ephemeral” hag­gadot have proved very pop­u­lar, in­clud­ing an Is­raeli Army edi­tion, the Maxwell House, which has been printed since 1932, and a Judeo-Ara­bic trans­lated edi­tion which dates to 1952.


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