We're pleased to be able to share with you the latest revision to "The Other Haggadah", a Pesach project launched last year by our Naomi Chazan Fellows. This year's revision was co-authored by two of 2016-17's Fellows, Adam Grodeck and Dana Klas.
Each Pesach, we sit and read the Exodus story, "With an outstretched arm, God took you out of Egypt." We discuss freedom, equality, oppression, and how these ancient themes reverberate through Jewish history in every generation. As the Haggadah says, “In each and every generation, a person is obligated to regard himself as though he actually left Egypt.”
Last year, thousands of people used The Other Haggadah to add something extra to the Pesach seder by including some discussion about the people left behind in Israel, those who are marginalised and whose voice is often unheard.
(If you click through, there is also a PDF copy that you can download and print to bring to your seder.)
Five important social, economic and political issues in Israel today are considered in The Other Haggadah: refugees and asylum seekers; developing the Negev; public housing; religious freedom; and Bedouin society.
These perspectives from contemporary Israel reflect on the themes of freedom and justice that are central to the Pesach story. Each section also includes a number of questions that can help spark a discussion at your seder table.
Also, if you're looking for a full haggadah, we have a couple of suggestions for you:
- SISO (Save Israel, Stop the Occupation) is an Israeli-Diaspora partnership working to bring about an end to Israel's 50 year occupation of the West Bank. They've created a "Jubilee haggadah" which features Amos Oz, Sarah Silverman and others. You can buy it on Amazon, or download a PDF for free from our website.
- Stand Up: Jewish Commitment to a Better World have re-printed their New Australian Haggadah which is available for purchase.
We look forward to hearing how you were able to include The Other Haggadah in your seder.