Religion & Beliefs

Another Haggadah Option

Last week I offered you one alternative  Haggadah, and this week I wanted to suggest another.  Of course, the web is full of interesting sites, with links to all manner of Haggadot, but I like this one because it's really explanatory … Read More

By / March 29, 2007

Last week I offered you one alternative  Haggadah, and this week I wanted to suggest another.  Of course, the web is full of interesting sites, with links to all manner of Haggadot, but I like this one because it's really explanatory without being dumb. 

I also really like that it addresses the complex feelings people have about Israel, and the Exodus story.  Without being super-divisive, dogmatic, or political.  No easy task. 

In "a note on Israel", it reads:

"Some may have complicated feelings about identifying with Israel.  But "Israel" doesn't refer only to the land. "Israel is the name which was given to Jacob after he spent the night wrestling with an angel of God. Therefore, "The people Israel" can be interpreted as "people who take on the holy obligation of engaging with the divine."

Now me, I can handle either "Israel" with comfort.  But I think this is a nice, moderate way of leaving some room for people to understand the Seder meaningfully for themselves.

This Haggadah is the brainchild of a blogger you may know already, the Velveteen Rabbi, AKA Rachel Barenblat.  If you don't,  check her out!