There are a lot of things to be afraid of in this world.
Especially if you read the news.
Airplanes, landslides, revolutions, disease.
Many of these fears have offical names:
Airplanes — aviophobia
Disease — panthophobia
Global warming — kalimeraphobia
Fear of fear itself is called phobophobia.
One of my kids seems to have lachanophobia — fear of vegetables.
Interestingly, there is no official name for "fear of mudslides" but perhaps it's included in alpinephobia.
Question for your table: Can you guess what someone suffering aibohphobia is afraid of?
(Hint, it's a joke; unlike arachibutyrophobia – fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth — a term invented for a Peanut's strip but now evidently taken seriously.)
This time of year, a lot of people develop Pesachphobia, also known as haggadaphobia and sometimes referred to as sederphobia.
As a remedy for this irrational fear, I'm pleased to announce the publication of the fully-revised 2014 edition of the Art of Amazement Haggada.
This email is going out late because I was hoping the new edition would be available today. Alas, it's ready but not available online ... probably won't be available until Sunday. But that should still give you time to get it for this year's Seder. I hope and believe you will enjoy it. Please forgive me in advance for the extra email that will go out then...
In the meantime, I'll leave you with a final question for your table:
Where does fear come from?
PS - My "Judaism, Christianity, Islam" seminar is now online: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YpRNpMr2-4U
PPS - Our public service site bestjewishkidsbooks.com has been stocked with links to great Pesach books and gifts, even matzah!
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