Pro­duc­ing con­tent on the Web since 1995.

some say­ings of ר‘משבצונה“ל

For many years I have worked hard, and strug­gled with mas­ter­ing virtuous. Now, in addi­tion, I’m work­ing on becom­ing more virtual.
This is an expres­sion of that effort.
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השיבנו ה‘ אליך ונשובה חדש ימינו
כעוד לא היו
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ומביא גאלה…

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All pho­tographs are by Mark Hurvitz unless they are obvi­ously not (or credit oth­er­wise is given).

The pho­tos in the ban­ner at the top (only a shal­low sliver of a much larger photo) are either from our home or our trav­els and are offered for their beauty alone (though a brain-teaser for me: “Where was that?”).

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


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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