The Haggadah is the book used during the Jewish holiday of Passover to tell the Passover story. The Haggadah story tells the tale of the Jewish enslavement under the Pharaoh and the miraculous exodus from Egypt all in one book. This Judaica text is read at the Passover Seder to fulfill the commandment to 'tell your son' about the Jewish liberation from Egypt. It is a Mitzvah for Jews to tell this Passover story from generation to generation, so no one should forget what happened in Jewish history.
What is the Passover Seder? The Passover Seder consists of reading the Haggadah out loud as a community with family and friends. The Seder also includes a Passover meal with specific Seder foods and rituals. A Seder plate is put out on the table with six Seder ingredients, these foods symbolically represent the Jewish experience in servitude and the lessons that can be learned from Passover.
The Haggadah lists the order of the Passover Seder, including when to drink the four cups of wine, when to eat the Seder plate ingredients, when to present Elijah's Cup, and much more. This Hagaddah is important for completing the Mitzvah of sharing the Passover story for years to come. The Hagaddah keeps everyone on the same page and keeps the Jewish oral tradition written down in an orderly manner.
The Haggadah book can come in a variety of styles and designs. The book itself may vary from paper back to hard cover leather bound books. Hazorfim Judaica offers stunning leather bound Hagaddah books. The Haggadah can come in Hebrew or English, but these days most Haggadah books feature both languages. Some Haggadahs have illustrations for children, while others display only text. Many Haggadahs have a song section for joyful Passover singing. If you have questions about Passover Haggadahs, feel free to Contact Us.
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.
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.