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  • The Holistic Haggadah

    Michael Kagan

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    Besides the ritual question - "How is this night different from all other nights?" - the most common question asked at the Seder table is probably, "When is the food coming?" The Holistic Haggadah asks deeper questions: "How are you going to be different this night? How are you prepared to let this night change you?"
    The Holistic Haggadah is a fascinating guide to the inner journey that the Passover Seder evening offers us. It is a daring commentary that challenges each of us to go down into our self-imposed Egypt and face our attachments and the false gods that confine us. It then beckons us forth to true freedom and a more meaningful relationship between ourselves and God.
    This commentary incorporates a holistic approach to Judaism, which activates the four worlds of the individual: the world of action, the world of emotion, the world of intellect and the world of spirit. It weaves a beautiful tapestry, illuminating the treasures available to us within Passover and the yearly festival cycle.
    It is the hope that this Haggadah will find a place in the hearts of all those whose souls, regardless of denomination, yearn for greater depths and higher vistas, and will provide spiritual sustenance not only on Passover but the entire year.
    The Holistic Haggadah presents a contemporary spiritual commentary on the meaning of freedom and its relationship to serving God.
    Excerpts from The Holistic Haggadah
    "The Alienated Child is angry. With compassion and understanding must come the answer. Help the child soften. Explain that a rejection of the Divine is a rejection of Self; that giving up leads to self-condemnation in the crucible of enslavement; that there are many questions but not necessarily corresponding answers. The entire evening, in fact, can be seen as being dedicated to this dejected and rejecting child."
    "Hametz is bread - soft, delicious bread. It consists mainly of empty space produced by a gas that does not sustain human life. Its great volume is an illusion of its true essence. Hametz is symbolic of our inflated, swollen egos - mostly hot air."
    "Matzah is unleavened bread produced by mixing flour and water, but fermentation is prevented by immediate baking. Matzah is what it appears to be - the essence. It is uninflated. It may not be as soft and as tasty as hametz but it doesn't need those facades to be what it is. It represents being. It represents being just you, just who you are - with your ego, but an uninflated ego. For after all, the ego is not bad, as it is a necessary part of the interface between the physical world and the spiritual world."
    About the Author
    Through The Holistic Haggadah, Michael Kagan shares his teachings and holistic approach to Judaism that he has developed through experiential workshops and lectures in Israel and around the world. He moved to Jerusalem in 1977, has a Ph.D. in Chemistry from the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, is married to Ruth Gan Kagan and has five children. He describes himself as an ortho-practicing, but unorthodox, Jew.

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  • Pesach Haggadah - Shirat Miriam

    Yosef Tzvi Rimon

    This beautifully designed haggadah will greatly enrich your Seder night experience. With stunning graphic design, the haggadah is filled with commentaries, stories, and original ideas, all based on sources throughout the ages.

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  • Kids' Haggadah for Pesach

    Yosef Tzvi Rimon

    This beautiful chidren's haggadah, written in both Hebrew and English text, is thought-provoking and motivates children to ask questions and understand the deeper meaning of Seder night. With beautiful illustrations, and activities to prepare children for Seder night and for Seder night itself, this beautiful book will be loved and treasured by children for many Passovers to come.

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  • The Seder Night: Kinor David

    Yosef Tzvi Rimon

    From Gemara sources to modern day practical Halacha and prevalent customs, this insightful Haggadah explores the key values of Pesach discussed throughout the Seder night. The text is enhanced by high quality graphics and clear diagrams.

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  • Pesach Haggadah - Shirat Miriam Family Edition

    Yosef Tzvi Rimon

    This is the abridged version of the Shirat Miriam Haggadah by the same author. Filled with stories, riddles, Halachic summaries, Jewish thought, activities and topics for discussion.

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  • Goldberg Passover Haggadah (Box of 50)

    Nathan Goldberg

    The definitive and most recognizable Haggadah in English. This has become the standard for most synagogues, schools, and homes.
    Rabbi Nathan Goldberg's Passover Haggadah comes with an accessible English translation, clear instructions, and numbered lines so everyone can follow along in Hebrew or in English.
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  • A Sephardic Passover Haggadah

    Marc D. Angel

    2019 Edition with author corrections.

    Translation and commentary by Rabbi Marc D. Angel includes a running commentary drawn from the teachings of Sephardic sages throughout the generations.

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  • Dayenu! With CD - Softcover

    Carol Boyd Leon

    Created by early childhood educator and award-winning composer Carol Boyd Leon, Dayenu! A Passover Haggadah for Families and Children is a joyous telling of the Passover story the whole family can enjoy.
    Reading-age children will appreciate the 32-page haggadah's big-font text and children of all ages will enjoy the lovely watercolor illustrations. Text in black is read; take yourchoice whether to sing or read the text in blue.
    Dayenu! A Passover Haggadah for Families and Children has proven itself perfect for model seders at schools and synagogues as well as for home seders. Whether at school or at home, each participant should have a haggadah to read in conjunction with teachers or parents.

    Praise for Dayenu!
    Early-childhood educator Leon makes the Passover story and Seder ceremony an enjoyable experience for preschool children and young families in this succinct retelling of the Jews' flight for freedom from slavery. Clear explanations for each ceremonial food and ritual appear in a lively, color-coded text with dual Hebrew and transliterated equivalents, encouraging role-playing at the table; characters from the villainous Pharaoh, to the Prophet Elijah, Miriam and Moses, to all ten plagues are represented. Easy-to-learn, catchy, rhythmic songs that capture traditional Hebrew prayers combine with original English folksongs, further adding to the playfulness.
    ~ Kirkus Reviews

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  • Carlebach Haggadah

    Chaim Stefansky

    "Whoever is hungry, let him come and eat."
    Friends, this is our generation. This is you and I, but most of all it's our children. There's such a hunger in the world for something beautiful, something holy - a hunger for one good word, one holy word, one message from God. People are hungry for something lofty, glorious. So this is my wish for all of us: Let the hungry people get together - everyone who's hungry for holiness, friendship, for love - with the people who are hungry to give their children one word from God. Let's get together! Let's you and I fix the world!
    This wonderful new release comprises the teachings and stories of Reb Shlomo Carlebach, of blessed memory, relating to the Haggadah and Seder night. Renowned as a singer and composer of inspirational music, Reb Shlomo was, first and foremost, a great teacher of Torah. The teachings were drawn from Reb Shlomo's concerts, shiurim, mass kumsitz sessions, and his holiday celebrations over the course of many years. Affording profound lessons about the meaning of true freedom, this Haggadah shares with its readers the living Torah of a great and unique personality. Written in the distinct voice of Reb Shlomo, The Carlebach Haggadah is sure to ignite discussion and dramatically enhance the Seder night experience for both young and old.
    The Haggadah appears in Hebrew with English translation. The teachings and thoughts of Reb Shlomo Carlebach are in English.
    Praise for The Carlebach Haggadah
    The Carlebach Haggadah is a Haggadah for the neshama. It is a traditional haggadah for his "sweet, heilige, holy, beautiful friends," in RIGHT to LEFT format, with Hebrew texts on the right pages and facing English translations on the left pages. There are no transliterations. Running along the bottom of each page is the reason to buy this book. They are the teachings and stories of the late singer, teacher, and composer Reb Shlomo Carlebach. The editors of this Haggadah have compiled some of the Rabbi's teachings from his concerts, shiurim, kumsitz sessions, and holiday celebrations.
    What I liked best about this Haggadah was its feeling of joy (you get that feeling from the start just from the Hebrew font that the editors use for the text), and from the stories which essentially reinforce the idea of freedom, striving, and the joy of freedom from various slaveries.
    ~ Larry Mark, MyJewishBooks.com
    If you want this year's seder to be different from all other sedarim, then this is the Haggadah for you and your family.

    ~ Doreen Wachmann, Jewish Telegraph
    Unlike much posthumous Carlebach-related literature, the haggadah does an excellent job of allowing the reader to hear Reb Shlomo's genuine voice, rather than a second or third-person account of stories about Rabbi Carlebach. The warmth, wisdom, and depth of Reb Shlomo that admirers have come to cherish are well represented by the collection, much of which Rabbi Carlebach quotes in the name of various Hasidic masters.
    ~ Jonathan Stein, Lookstein Jewish Education Digest
    The Carlebach Haggadah brings you the diversity in Shlomo stories that made him a legend in his time. Shlomo's Haggadah places the entire seder story in the mouths of children and families in every possible historical circumstance that the Jews have experienced in ancient and modern history. Shlomo pictures a child asking the four questions while in hiding in a cellar from Nazi persecution, or a child en route to Eretz Yisrael, or in the personage of our forefather Yitzhak asking questions of his father Avraham. The Shlomo stories laced within the text of the Carlebach Haggadah add the tears mixed with joy that remain the essence of Pesach observance. Even if you have Haggadahs of every kind, the Carlebach Haggadah on your seder table will add something to it.
    ~ David Bedein, Voices
    The book presents the haggadic text with running commentaries by Rabbi Carlebach in his signature combination of folksy, freestyle jam and melancholy prose.... A typical line reads, "When you see someone's tears flowing down from their eyes, gevalt, they're really going up to Heaven." Tears yes, but redemption too.
    Nary an academic analysis is presented in this volume. Rather, Rabbi Carlebach's gentle stories of hidden tzadikkim (righteous men), lonely children and concentration camp prisoners, pack their philosophical punches under cover of folk wisdom. Take, for example, his commentary on the "Four Sons" - one wise, one evil, one simple and one incapable of asking questions. Reb Carlebach sees the children's questions as criticisms of parents whose efforts failed, despite years of encouraging, supporting and embracing their children. In Rabbi Carlebach's rendition, when the wise son asks about the meaning of the Passover laws, he is really questioning why his parents concentrated on his intellectual life at the expense of his emotional one. "Why," Rabbi Carlebach has him ask, "Did you give us just words?" Similarly, when the evil son attempts to undermine the function of the laws themselves ("What purpose is this work to you?"), Rabbi Carlebach explains that he is actually asking, "Why didn't you ever tell me how holy I could be?"
    Basically, parents can't win. But do not despair. As Rabbi Carlebach says, "My blessing for you is to sit, husbands and wives and children together, with lots of simcha [happiness], and may you feel every second the deepest redemption."
    ~ Shira Klapper, The Forward
    The singer-preacher's words are left to speak for themselves, without illustration. His twin themes are the joy of Judaism and love of one's fellow beings - although the folksy style won't be to everyone's taste. There are stories of modern Israel and 18th-century Poland, and also of spiritual resistance in the Holocaust - of the rabbi who lit a Chanucah candle in Auschwitz, or a man who continued to learn Talmud up until he went to the gas chamber.
    "You see, my sweetest friends, the last wish of the six million is to finish all the tractates of the Talmud for them," comments Reb Shlomo. But elsewhere he remarks: "Let's not talk about killers. Are they what makes a Jew? Do you think I'll bring peace into the world by telling my children about the Inquisition?"
    ~ Simon Rocker, The Jewish Chronicle
    ...those who love him will cry when they "hear" Reb Shlomo speaking through this book. The Carlebach Haggadah presents Reb Shlomo's own unique hassidic approach.
    Here he is explaining Dayenu: "Imagine if I knew the Torah was given only for me - how I would throw myself at every word! How I would cry over every word to understand it. When I receive a letter from someone I love, I can't stop reading it. This is how we have to learn Torah, as a love-letter from God to us."
    If you liked the Hagaddah of the Chasidic Masters..., you will surely love this Carlebach.
    ~ Reuven Ben Dov, Jerusalem Post
    The Carlebach Haggadah: Seder Night with Reb Shlomo (Urim) is edited by students and disciples of the late Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, based on recordings and their recollections of his teachings. This Haggadah includes the traditional text in both Hebrew and English at the top of the pages, and, on the bottom half, commentary by Reb Shlomo, in the form of stories, parables and insights. The prose captures the rhythms and particular accent of Reb Shlomo's voice, with his frequent use of words like yidden for Jews, heliger for holy, and, also, gevalt. Those who knew Reb Shlomo, as well as those who are meeting him for the first time in these pages, will find much to inspire their celebration of the holiday.
    The commentary on the "Maggid" section states, "Do you know what we're saying? All who are hungry, come and eat.' Is there anybody in the world who needs food? Is there anybody in the world who is broken and needs a friend? Tonight is the night! My door is open, my heart is open. It's open because all the gates of Heaven are open. On Seder night I'm so real, I'm so close. Heaven and Earth are close to each other." "What was the first great thing Avraham did after he became a Jew? The Torah tells us: the first thing he did was to welcome strangers into his home. Whatever you do that's between you and other people, that's what you're doing between you and God."
    ~ Sandee Brawarsky, The Jewish Week
    Readers will greatly appreciate Reb Shlomo's profound lessons on the meaning of true freedom. The Carlebach Haggadah is an enthusiastically recommended addition to personal and small group Judaic Studies reading lists and reference collections.
    ~ James Cox, Midwest Book Review
    Devotees of Reb Shlomo with be thrilled with this new Haggadah. I couldn't put it down after beginning to read the first page. The style of writing is Shlomo's style of speaking. One can hear his voice through the pages. Every section of the Haggadah has Shlomo's style of story breaking through. Hasidic stories, of love of God, love of Jews, healing humanity, loving our family, cleansing our souls. It is a book of passionate clinging to God and seeing new ideas of holiness in every word.
    Even in the songs after the Seder, there are stories and interpretations. In "Ehad mee yoday-a?" we find a discussion of the Two Tablets "Who knows Ten?" They are the two Tablets of the Covenant." Says Shlomo: "The Torah says that the two tablets were like a heart, and the Ten Commandments were carved into them, not written on them." You have to obey these commandments as if they were carved into your heart. "If you keep every Shabbos to the letter of the law but it isn't carved into your heart, you haven't kept Shabbos. It has to be carved in until you realize, I can never do without it'; until it reaches the deepest, highest place in your heart. This is keeping Shabbos."
    There are many stories which are too lengthy to repeat, or even summarize here. They are gems. One can feel the fire burning in Shlomo's heart as he retells these stories. The book is on fire. Touch it only at your peril, only if you want to be inspired and fall in love again, with God, The Jewish People, and the world.
    ~ Dov Peretz Elkins, Jewish Media Review
    The recently published Carlebach Haggadah consists primarily of Chassidic stories and of contemporary stories relating Jewish life in Europe before and during the holocaust, in the State of Israel, in Russia, and in America. The proliferation of Carlebach minyanim in recent years attests to the quest for spirituality in the modern Jewish community. This Haggadah attempts to fulfill that need for participants in the Pesach seder. As such, it does not present intellectual commentaries on the text of the Haggadah, but rather emotional stories designed to heighten the spirituality of the seder.
    Themes that are prevalent in the stories that are recorded in the Haggadah include: The Power of the Moment: The Pesach seder as a commemoration of a spiritual event that transformed a people from the lowest level of impurity to the highest level of holiness. The Power of the Common Man: The spiritual strength and inspiration of the common Jew. The Beauty of the Child: The importance of parenting which recognizes the good and beauty of each child. This concept relates as well to the relationship between G-d, the father, and His children, the Jewish people. The Carlebach Haggadah also includes a clearly printed Hebrew text, an English translation, and clear instructions on the halachic requirements of the seder.
    ~ Rabbi Stanley Peerless, Torah Community Connections
    As a collection of Shlomo's stories and Torah, [The Carlebach Haggadah] is really a beautiful book to have. It begins with a story about a Texan who doesn't keep Shabbat. He is drawn to going to the mikvah to do something holy, and from then on, the book doesn't stop. Page after page of anecdotal stories from Reb Shlomo's meetings with Jews all around the world and Hassidic tales from olden days. This is all mixed in with divrei Torah, and spoken with the sixties Shlomo style holy-brother, holy-sister voice, giving it the dreamy quality that many Shlomo fans will be familiar with. The print is pleasant and makes a change from the standard Artscroll font that seems to dominate Hebrew-English books.
    For those who like to sit back and read something holy during the sederthis would really lift one of the highest nights of the year, adding something special and sweet. We live in an age where we could all do with a little more of Shlomo Carlebach's love and joy at our religious occasions. This year our seder was mamash gevaldik, thanks to the Rav.
    ~ Jake Baum, Le'ela
    The haggadah I'm using this year is The Carlebach Haggadah, just published, which is completely outstanding. There are Carlebach minyanim sprouting all over the place these days, and growing numbers of people who are familiar with some of Reb Shlomo's music, without having a real sense of what his teaching was about. The number of books about him continues to grow steadily, but they're a mixed bag. This haggadah pulls together much of his teaching about Pesach and links it to the haggadah text. As such, it is both a tremendous haggadah qua haggadah, and it's also, I think, a superb introduction to Reb Shlomo's teaching in general. I met Reb Shlomo only a handful of times in his life, but I was deeply influenced by him: his teaching at Yakar in Jerusalem in August 1994 changed my life. This haggadah accurately catches his teaching: sometimes meandering, sometimes unclear, but shot through and through with beauty, truth, inspiration, originality, wisdom, generosity...you get the idea.
    Nigel Savage, Amazon.com
    If, however, you're the sort of person who likes to sit quietly while everyone else is talking, but when you finally do speak, you blow everybody's minds, then "The Carlebach Haggadah" is right up your alley. Shlomo Carlebach, the famed composer of many Friday-night service melodies, is arguably the best Jewish storyteller of his generation. This Haggadah takes his casual, talky voice and translates it into a bottom-half-of-the-page commentary, remixing his speeches and performances into the pertinent parts of the Haggadah.
    But Carlebach's commentary is more about passing on wisdom than about telling stories and that wisdom finds a place in nearly every part of the Seder" from the difference between getting drunk on God and just getting drunk, to places where he turns the Seder on its head by saying, "Let me ask You four questions, God." His commentary reads less like a standard decryption and more like a DVD director's cut.
    A brief warning: Carlebach's anecdotes can sometimes meander and aren't always well-suited to a group who's champing at the bit, impatient to reach the festive meal. But the commentary is clear and relevant.
    ~ Matthue Roth, World Jewish Digest
    Edited by Chaim Stefansky
    Hardcover, 182 Pages
    ISBN 9789657108314
    Publication: March 12, 2001
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  • Let My Rv Go

    Nicole Nathan

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    It's nearly Passover. Two families are driving to Florida laden with frozen brisket and enough matzoh to feed the entire Panhandle. But angst slips onto Pauline Berkovitz's lap in the form of a package: a mysterious box of matzoh with a name but no address. To find the rightful owner, Pauline must hone her inner trust and veer off course, yet deliver her motley convoy to their destination in time for the Seder. Ever had Passover in an RV? Hop aboard and celebrate with a twist.
    Let My RV Go! is an honest, humorous and refreshing account of one woman's search for meaning even if it requires turning her life upside down and tearing out the kitchen sink.


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