A Growing Haggadah

Edited by Rabbi Mark Hurvitz

Illustrated by Gail G. Littman

I edit and print a Hag­gadah near­ly every year (and have done this for the past 20 or so). This year (5764), for the ninth year, I have updat­ed and tak­en much (if not most) of the print­ed ver­sion and post­ed it here. This ver­sion dif­fers from the print­ed ver­sion in a vari­ety of ways. The elec­tron­ic ver­sion can change at any time. You can read it both lin­ear­ly and hyper­tex­tu­al­ly. The hyper­text links con­nect var­i­ous parts of the Hag­gadah and they also lead out from the Hag­gadah to the rest of the WWW. The print­ed ver­sion is sta­t­ic and only changes (at most) annu­al­ly. I designed it for lin­ear read­ing at the Seder and includes songs activ­i­ties and pages for draw­ing (or visu­al­iza­tions). The cur­rent (5762÷2002) print­ed ver­sion of the Hag­gadah is avail­able. I have received orders from across the US and Cana­da, Israel, Aus­tralia and some­one from South Africa even wrote to ask per­mis­sion to down­load por­tions to use at his Seder. Friends have “sub­scribed” to the Hag­gadah, receiv­ing a print­ed update each year a few weeks before Pesach.


The Haggadah (in a Frame set)

Haggadah & Liberation

Begin the Seder

Afterword


I have recent­ly begun to con­sid­er Pesach and the Seder as a point­er to Shavuot. We begin count­ing the Omer at Pesach. Many Omer cal­en­dars exist. I imag­ine a dif­fer­ent one here. It fol­lows the col­or wheel. If you begin count­ing in the upper right cor­ner on the first day of Sefi­rah, you begin with the “bright red of rebel­lion” and end forty-nine days lat­er at the “bril­liant vio­let of roy­al­ty” ready to receive Torah. Each day of Sefi­rah we focus on that col­or (and its qual­i­ties) as it appears in our world.

Danyel Fish­er, a sec­ond year grad­u­ate stu­dent in the Com­put­er Sci­ences Depart­ment at UC Berke­ley saw my Omer Cal­en­dar and accept­ed the chal­lenge of cre­at­ing the Javascript ver­sion that presents [ah, link rot!] a page of the appro­pri­ate col­or each day. I have lost con­tact with Danyel but hope to recon­nect. Thank you! In the mean­time, the good peo­ple at Baba­banewz seem to have been able to imple­ment the a-col­or-a-day Omer Cal­en­dar,
which served as part of the inspi­ra­tion of the Omer Cal­en­dar in the Nisan issue of the hard copy of Baba­ganewz. Baba­ganewz has also bor­rowed “The Four Ques­tions”.
I express my sin­cere appre­ci­a­tion to the good peo­ple at Baba­ganewz, in par­tic­u­lar: Ina Miller Ler­man, Man­ag­ing Edi­tor and Sue Edel­man, Web Edi­tor for rec­og­niz­ing the val­ue of these tools and encour­ag­ing their use else­where.

What others say

The Hag­gadah (the 5756 edi­tion) was writ­ten up in “Judaism
on the Web” by Irv­ing Green, 1999, MIS:Press, New York (sor­ry the link is no longer active).

A list of links to out­side the Hag­gadah

Links to out­side gen­er­al­ly appear in a sep­a­rate win­dow so as not to dis­turb their dis­play.

Buy your own copy of the print­ed Hag­gadah.

©Mark Hurvitz 2009

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