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Haggadah Guide

One of the most important Jewish holidays is Passover that commemorates the exodus from Egypt. The exodus is celebrated with the 8 dyad holiday of Passover that is started with a meal known as the Seder in which Matzah and bitter herbs are eaten. During the meal, the story of the exodus is read in the book called the Haggadah.

What is a Haggadah?

The Passover Haggadah is the book that is read during the Passover Seder. The book contains the different courses of the Seder known as “steps” and most importantly, the story of the Exodus from Egypt in Hebrew, usually with some kind of commentary, usually by Jewish commentators and Rabbis from the past. Haggadahs also frequently sport translations in to English and other languages such as German, French and Spanish.

Decorations on the Cover

Passover Haggadahs can be decorated with the gamut of Judaica symbols on the cover. However, all Haggadahs have the Hebrew words “Haggadah Shel Pesach” – “The Passover Haggadah” in English – in the center in a clear Hebrew font with a translation directly below. The cover also typically features Judaica related to Passover such as Kiddush Cups, Matzah Covers or some artistic interpretation of the Exodus. However, they may also feature images of Jerusalem, Stars of David and even an image of the sheep used in the traditional Passover sacrifice.

Text

The text inside the Haggadah is usually formatted so that the Hebrew text is on the right side and any translation on the left. The commentaries are usually situated beneath the Hebrew and translation and are usually in a smaller font. Because nearly every single Jewish leader has a different interpretation of the Exodus, the commentary varies between books.

In addition to the text, many Passover Haggadahs have illustrations depicting slavery in Egypt, the ten plaques and the Crossing of the Red Sea. These illustrations may be in color or black and white and varies by publisher.

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