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Why is This Haggadah Different From Every Other Haggadah?

  • Internet Haggadah cover Every other haggadah is expensive; you have to buy a copy for each person at your seder or make (illegal) photocopies. Internet Haggadah, you buy one and print all the copies you need, on your own printer or at your local copy shop.
  • Every other haggadah is a clumsy translation, difficult to understand. Internet Haggadah is edited to be clear, concise, and in readable English everyone understands.
  • Every other haggadah is either too Orthodox or too Modern. Internet Haggadah is just the right blend for a traditional seder that makes perfect sense.
  • Every other haggadah is either too long and your guests fall asleep or too short and your guests lose the spiritual high. Internet Haggadah is just the right length, traditional but with editing.

You Print It

Problem: you need a few copies or a few dozen copies of the same haggadah for your seder. Time is short; not many Jewish bookstores with a big selection in your neighborhood. Even if there are a few, you’re not real thrilled about having to shell out two hundred bucks for a dozen haggadot when you’re not sure if you’re going to like them. Of course, you might have one copy of a haggadah you’ve used that isn’t bad; you could make photocopies. But you know that’s illegal and doing it for a spiritual celebration just doesn’t feel right.

Internet Haggadah: you buy one file (in .pdf format), one time, $18, (through our authorized retailer, 2Checkout.com, Inc.) charged to your credit card. You get everything you need to create as many haggadot as you’ll need for your Seder. You can either print them all on your own printer (simple, clear directions are included) or print one copy (or copy the file to a CD, floppy disk or USB drive) and take it to your local copy shop for five more or 500 more. Probably for less than $3 apiece (in black and white). And it’s legal. It comes in two printing versions. The booklet version prints on 13 legal size pages (printed on both sides) that fold over to make an attractive 52-page booklet. The page version prints on standard paper, 26 pages, both sides.

Clear, Concise, Easy to Understand

Seder Plate

Problem: most haggadot offer poor translations of the traditional text. Clumsy sentences, lots of “thee’s” and “thou’s,” sexist language and imagery, overly repetitious. Transitions from one section to the next are unclear. Organization feels cluttered. Your seder suffers and runs too long. Not to mention the tons of Hebrew that few can read.

Internet Haggadah: clear, concise, accurate, interpretive translation, with a few of the most obscure sections trimmed out and with just enough explanatory material woven into the text to make it all flow together from one section to the next. Hebrew for the most essential, familiar sections is included. And all the Hebrew is transliterated so everyone can participate or follow along! Click here to see a sample.

At Last! the Right Haggadah

Problem: haggadot come in three basic flavors:

  • Orthodox – poorly translated, fundamentalist orientation, difficult to understand
  • Modernized – trimmed too much, traditional elements modified, preachy, talk at you much too much
  • Thematic – everything reinterpreted to be something different: the Social Action haggadah, the Women’s haggadah, the Rainbow People haggadah. Good sentiments but usually come off much too preachy

Internet Haggadah: stays close to traditional in form and content, but it avoids the pitfalls of all three types with modest editing, deep contemporary spirituality, clear, concise explanations, without fundamentalist or exclusionary theology. It was written and edited by a rabbi who grew up Orthodox, was ordained Reform and now belongs to a Conservative synagogue.

The Right Length

Problem: the Seder is just too long. Everyone is starving by the time the meal finally arrives and everyone is too tired to continue with much after the meal. Or sometimes too short for a meaningful, spiritual experience.

Internet Haggadah: designed to be just about an hour before the meal and, depending on how much your guests like to sing, anywhere from half an hour to an hour after the meal.

                                                        

Contact the Author

Rabbi Bill Blank

If you have any questions about this haggadah, how to use it, what else you might need, or whether it is right for you, you can email the author, and you will get a response.