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.

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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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