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Velveteen Rabbi's Haggadah for Pesach: Version 7.1

2015 Edited to add: you can always find the most up-to-date version of the VR Haggadah by going to velveteenrabbi.com and clicking through to the haggadah page.

 

The first seder is not quite six weeks away; it's time to release a revision of my haggadah for Pesach again!

This year I'm releasing version 7.1, which features some new material and some corrections but not as many substantive changes as have been in the previous revisions. (If you already have copies from last year, you might consider just downloading the two-page 2011 insert; if you're printing new copies, please print this year's version. As always, the file VRHaggadah.pdf at velveteenrabbi.com contains the latest edition.)

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2015 Edited to add: you can always find the most up-to-date version of the VR Haggadah by going to velveteenrabbi.com and clicking through to the haggadah page.

 

Changes in this year's edition include:

  • new! a reading entitled "Pour Out Your Love," alongside the alternative "Pour Out Your Wrath"

  • new! a mandala designed as a focus for for silent meditation before the door is opened for Elijah

  • new! a poem by Rabbi Rachel Barenblat which connects the seder's themes of liberation to recent happenings in North Africa and the Middle East (you can find this in the 2011 insert if you're not printing a new copy of the haggadah this year)

  • new! and a poem by Sue Swartz of Awkward Offerings which does the same (this too is in the 2011 insert as well as in the new version of the haggadah)

  • revised! plus the correction of another handful of typos in Hebrew and in English!

Praise for version 7:

  • I wanted to find a version [of the haggadah] that captured the beauty and soul of Pesach to my English-speaking non-Jewish partner and I am delighted to have stumbled across your work. - Noa

  • For years, I have been trying to add readings or construct a haggadah that linked the mythical journey from slavery and idol worship to our personal journeys from inner enslavements toward liberation. I was never quite happy with the product. I came across yours, and we used it this year -- it was exactly what I had been looking for, and really helped to make our Pesach more meaningful. - Alexander

  • I was blown away by the insights and freshness that I found in your haggadah. - Tony

  • I am in the process of converting, and I have struggled to find a haggadah that reflects not only my Judaism, but my feminism and my politics. This is finally one that I can share with my family as I lead my own seder for the first time. Thank you for offering the world this method of telling the story of our freedom. - Natalie

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