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4.6.17: How about a new Haggadah?

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By Kristen Kreider and Karen Coleman

Did you know the National Museum of American Jewish History has 179 Haggadot in its artifact collection? The Haggadah (or Haggadot in plural form) is the book read on the first two nights of Passover at the Seder, or the ceremonial Passover meal. It tells the story of the Jewish Exodus from Egypt, when the Jews fled slavery under the Egyptian Pharaoh. Reading the Haggadah fulfills the commandment to “tell your son” the story of how G-d saved the Jews from slavery.

Every Haggadah tells the order of the Seder, but the interpretation of each part of the Seder can vary from Haggadah to Haggadah, with unique interpretations and explanations that make the Passover story relevant to the Jewish experience today. With the holiday just a few days away, here are some unique, funny, and meaningful haggadot that we love for this year’s Passover Seder.


For This We Left Egypt? A Passover Haggadah for Jews and Those Who Love Them contains all the necessary elements of a Haggadah with some good ol’ Jewish humor sprinkled throughout to keep the Seder lively and enjoyable.


The Baseball Haggadah: A Festival of Freedom and Springtime in 15 Innings tells the story of the Israelites’ Exodus from slavery in Egypt using baseball images and language, while staying faithful to the elements of a traditional Seder.


Our Passover Haggadah is a beautifully illustrated Haggadah produced exclusively for the National Museum of American Jewish History. While maintaining the traditional elements of a Haggadah, it focuses on pursuing freedom on every level—physical, intellectual, emotional, and spiritual—to make it a relevant text for contemporary Seders.

Kristen Kreider is Director of Retail Operations for the NMAJH Museum Store. Karen Coleman is E-Commerce Manager and Graphic Designer.

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