Pesach is not only about cleaning, it a festival which commemorates the liberation of the Hebrews from slavery in Egypt.
It is mainly celebrated at home through the seder, a ritual feast held on the first and the second nights of the holiday of Pesach. For the seder, we use a Haggadah, a book book containing the passages dealing with the theme of the Exodus. The reading of the Haggadah is based on the verse, “You shall tell your son on that day: it is because of what the Lord did for me when I came forth out of Egypt” (Shemot 13:8).
There are hundreds of version of the Haggadah and people have their favorites. Mine is Rabbi Jonathan Sacks’s Haggadah. it is made of two different part. At the back of the book, we find the Haggadah in Hebrew typography, with an English translation and a running commentary by Rabbi Sacks. At the other end of the book are Rabbi Sacks’s Essays on Pesach. The essays are extremely insightful and help us see the relevance of this holiday for modern man.
Which is your favorite Haggadah? Do you use a special one for any reason?
Leora mentions a toy book called “My First Haggadah”.