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Yom Chamishi, 29 Tishri 5778

Some Favorite Pesach Seder Resources

Making our seders lively and interesting isn’t just a nice idea—it’s the core of the ritual. If you want to know why, check out this blog post. And, if you're ready to get started, here are some resources I love for making a seder even better:

A Different Night

A Different Night by Noam Zion and David Dishon

This Haggadah is not meant to be read straight through. Instead, each section has the traditional text, but also supplemental readings, poems, art and other pieces to use instead of, or in addition to, the main text. It also has a leader’s guide, and a smaller edition (which is especially great if you want to buy multiple copies). It’s an amazing book!

It also includes instructions about the "Bare Bones Seder" -- the pieces which must be included, if you're a rule-following type. But, the idea is not to have a seder as quickly as possible, but rather to allow room for even more discussion and digression!

A Night To Remember

A Night To Remember by Mishael Zion and Noam Zion

Noam Zion’s sons saw his A Different Night and wanted to produce the same kind of Haggadah, for in Hebrew, for Israelis. The result was so good that they translated it into English. Beautifully laid out, and with so many powerful readings—it was for a long time the only Haggadah that I loved more than their father’s!

Shirat Miriam

Shirat Miriam / Haggadah MiMekorah by Rabbi Yosef Zvi Rimon

A Haggadah with a more traditional bent, but still with so many great commentaries, activities and discussion pieces. And, a beautifully designed book, as well.

Wellsprings of Freedom

Wellsprings of Freedom by Rabbi Ronald Aigen

This one is new to me this year, and I love it. Another book which is beautifully designed, this is probably the most usable of the bunch, if you wanted to use it as your main Haggadah. The commentaries are fantastic (many of them come from a Hassidic perspective, which tends to have a more inward, spiritual approach), and the insertions which connect the main text work to create a fantastic sense of flow. Frankly speaking, I’m just in love with this new Haggadah!

Creating Lively Seders

Creating Lively Passover Seders by David Arnow, Ph.D.

Not a Haggadah, but a soursebook of activities and discussion starters for just about every section (seemingly every word) of the Haggadah. Such a good resource for filling in the spaces in the Haggadah.