Want to stir things up at your family seder? Not ready to launch a full scale occupation of the living room? Read on……..
Jvoices.org put up a great post a couple of years ago which listed a whole load of lefty, critical Haggadahs that you could download and print out if you wanted to take direct action against your family’s usual humdrum seder night. In the interests of encouraging such actions, we’re reposting their list here, with a couple of additions.
HAGGADAHS (listed alphabetically by name)
After Exodus: Living the Lessons of Passover by Jews Against the Occupation
The Anonymous Hagaddah – A Synthesis of the Passover Ritual and Liturgy with the Twelve Steps of Recovery by JACS, Jewish Alcoholics, Chemically Dependent Persons, and Significant Others.
GLBT Passover Haggadah by JQ International
Haggadah for Pesach by the Velveteen Rabbi
Four More Questions for Pesach from Jewish Voice for Peace
Hyper-Secular, No-God, No-Haggadah Seder by Dena Marger & Daniel Lang/Levitsky
In Search of Freedom: Exploring Common Ground Passover Haggadah by the Milwaukee Area Jewish Committee’s African-American-Jewish Task Force
Love & Justice in Times of War Haggadah by Micah Bizant & Dara Silverman
New Freedom Seder for the Earth by the Shalom Center
Also check out the Original 1969 Freedom Seder text online!
On the Road to Freedom Haggadah remixed by Joseph Gindi and Emilia Diament from a number of the other haggadahs listed here.
The Seder: Beth Adam Haggadah (thanks to twitter!)
INSERTS & SUPPLEMENTS: (Listed Alphabetically by Organization)
Jewish Funds for Justice: Escape from the New Mitzrayim
Jewish Social Justice Network: Passover Social Justice Resources
Jewish Voice for Peace: Mah Nishtana. Questioning at the Seder Table.
Kulanu: Four Questions with a translation into Ladino
Progressive Jewish Alliance: Be the first into the Red Sea
Rabbis for Human Rights: Passover and Human Rights Interfaith Perspectives, Passover, Gaza and Human Rights, Who sits with Us at the Pesach Table
Planter’s High Hat Peanut Oil’s ’46 Ways to a Better Passover’ (narrated by an anthropomorphised Peanut. In a top hat.)
Manischewitz’ Pesach Cookbook (circa. 1944!)
Sholem Aleichem’s ‘Passover Eve Vagabonds’
Many thanks to Cole Krawitz @ jvoices!
p.s., my favourite is the Love & Justice in Times of War Haggadah – a melting pot of gender, labour, migrant and anti-military politics brought together in a way that actually intensifies the spirituality of passover; rather than dampens it, as politics all too often does.
I guess I’m kinda conservative, with a small “c”. I’ve been to seders where the Haggada went on and on about slavery > freedom, i.e., stop jabbering on already and just DO IT! The Tannaim wrote the Haggada 1,500 years ago, so the script is there and in my opinion doesn’t need embellishment.
Again to michael, as for taknig over the world,,,, go ahead and read the koran (islams hole-y book). It starts out by telling you NOT to READ it, some one smarter than you will tell you what to think,,,,,, and goes on to explain that ONLY islam is permitted in the world and ALL other religions MUST be wiped out. In other words, unlike the JEWS who only want one small piece of land at the eastern end of the Mediteranian sea, islam’s aim as stated in the koran is to TAKE OVER THE WHOLE WORLD,,,, wether you like it or not,,,,,,,,, I read the book,,,,,,
Thank you for providing all of these!! Happy Pesach!