We are delighted to announce that Mark Gerson, our great friend and the co-founder and Chairman of United Hatzalah,  has just published a book on the Haggadah: The Telling: How Judaism’s Essential Book Reveals the Meaning of Life.  This book, which was published by St. Martin’s Essentials, is already #1 on the relevant Amazon categories (Torah, Jewish Life, Jewish Holidays) — and is getting great critical feedback from the Jewish, Christian, and secular sources.  

Mark’s book will enable readers to make the Seder what it should be: the most interesting, inspiring, meaningful, and memorable night of the Jewish year.  Mark reads the Haggadah as the Greatest Hits of Jewish Thought, with familiar passages able to elucidate the fundamental questions and principles of our lives — including discovering our mission, love, the function of spring, the opportunities of a new year, how to redeem a wayward child, education, order & freedom, humility, miracles, gratitude and how to express it, the nature of Jew-hatred and the emergence of its opposite, Israel, mental illness, why there are no Hebrew words for face, history and obedience, newness, science & faith, the true meaning of matzah and so much more. 

Mark is donating all of his author proceeds to United Hatzalah. 

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Mark Gerson at a United Hatzalah fundraising event

Commentary about the book includes the following: 

Once a year, shortly before Pesach (emphatically not Passover!), Mark Gerson steps out of his role as a world-class entrepreneur and becomes a teacher of Torah — or more precisely, of the Haggadah. Those sessions have become legendary, and this book helps explain why. Here is Gerson’s inimitable voice — passionate, erudite, and most of all deeply in love with Jewish wisdom. Read this book to understand why the Haggadah has endured as a seminal Jewish text and why it remains no less relevant today than when it was first written.  

                 – Yossi Klein Halevi, author of Letters to My Palestinian Neighbor and Like Dreamers


With a broad range of sources, deep insight, and true wisdom, Mark Gerson renews for his readers the enchantment of the Passover celebration. 

                 – Rabbi David Wolpe, Temple Sinai in Los Angeles and America’s Most Influential Rabbi (according to Newsweek survey) 


In The Telling, Mark Gerson gives a masterful overview of the principles underlying the Seder. For anyone looking to explore purpose in a modern world, and anyone looking to add lively discussion to your net observance of Pesach, this book is for you. – Gordon Robertson

                     – CEO, the Christian Broadcasting Network

“The Jewish people have a powerful message from God to share about being delivered from a life of slavery and brought into God’s purpose for them as a nation. In his book The Telling, Mark Gerson helps us understand so much about the importance of the Passover and how it impacts our lives today as Christians. When Jews and Christians come together around this sacred biblical text, I believe that historic things will take place.”

                      -R. Bernard – Christian Cultural Center, Brooklyn, New York

As believers, there is so much we can gain from the story of the Exodus Passover when God brought the children of Israel out of bondage by His mighty hand. With the powerful book The Telling by Mark Gerson, you will learn from a Hebrew perspective many hidden aspects of the Passover story that will bless your life. Get ready to encounter the God of the miraculous like you never have before! – 

                         -Pastor Judy Shaw – Judy Shaw Ministries

When trumpets were mellow // And every gal only had one fellow // No need to remember when // ‘Cause everything old is new again.” — Peter Allen and Carole Singer could have been singing about Mark Gerson, who breathes new life into an ancient tradition in The Telling. With wit, wisdom, and scholarly erudition, Gerson draws inspiring and moving lessons from the rituals and stories of Passover. The Telling is manna for your mind and heart.

                          – Safi Bahcall – Author of the International best-seller, LOONSHOTS

The new book, “The Telling: How Judaism’s Essential Book Reveals the Meaning of Life” is now available wherever books are sold, and more information about the book can be found at www.thetellingpassover.com