The full moon of the month of Shvat was last night. (Happy Tu BiShvat!) A month from now, at the next full moon, we'll celebrate Purim. And a month after that, at the next full moon, we'll celebrate Pesach!
Okay, so most of you probably aren't thinking about Passover yet. But just in case you are...
If you're looking for a free downloadable haggadah which tells the story of the Exodus with traditional texts alongside creative interpretations; offers classical material alongside contemporary poetry; honors new traditions as well as old ones; and interweaves song, story, prayer, and opportunity for community participation; you might dig the Velveteen Rabbi's Haggadah for Pesach.
The Velveteen Rabbi's Haggadah for Pesach, Version 8 (2015)
available on the haggadah page at my website
(also on that page: many kind things which others have said about the haggadah over the years!)
or download here: VRHaggadah [pdf, 4.1 MB]
and here's the cover: VRHaggadahCover. [pdf]
It's four years since the last full version (7.1) came out, so I figured it was time for an update. New in this version:
- a better Hebrew font, in which all of the vowels are clear (now matching the font in Days of Awe)
- clearer page design (now matching the look and feel of Days of Awe), as well as more transliteration
- many new poems, including (but not limited to) poetry by Linda Pastan, Primo Levi, Lisa Greene, Yehuda Amichai, Luisa A. Igloria
- a rendering of the prayer "This is the bread of our affliction" not only in Aramaic (and English) but also in Ladino, courtesy of Rabba Emily Aviva Kapor, along with a teaching of hers
- a new teaching from Rabbi Jill Hammer, from Pirkei Imahot / the Sayings of the Mothers
- another alternative to the traditional Four Sons text by Tamara Cohen, Rabbi Sue Levi Elwell, and Ronnie Horn (of course the classical text also still appears, as does Reb Zalman z"l's creative reinterpretation, as does Ben Aronin's singable English ballad along with Howard Cruse's fabulous illustration)
- some poems about Miriam to balance the material about Moses
- three different options for the classical prayer "Pour out Your wrath"
- before Had Gadya, a poem ("Poem for the Kansas Shootings") by Rabbi Michael Rothbaum
- ...and much more!
As always, the haggadah is available to all -- download it, use it, share it. Let all who are hungry come and eat; let all who are needy have the resources they need to celebrate the Passover!