The Holistic Haggadah: How Will You Be Different This Passover Night?

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Offering a contemporary spiritual commentary on the meaning of freedom and its relationship to serving God, this volume features the full traditional Passover Haggadah in Hebrew alongside an English translation and commentary. The book seeks to incorporate a holistic approach to Judaism, which activates the four worlds of the individual: the world of action, the world of emotion, the world of intellect, and the world of spirit. Ultimately, it illuminates for readers the treasures available to them within Passover...

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Overview

Offering a contemporary spiritual commentary on the meaning of freedom and its relationship to serving God, this volume features the full traditional Passover Haggadah in Hebrew alongside an English translation and commentary. The book seeks to incorporate a holistic approach to Judaism, which activates the four worlds of the individual: the world of action, the world of emotion, the world of intellect, and the world of spirit. Ultimately, it illuminates for readers the treasures available to them within Passover and the yearly festival cycle, demonstrating the ways in which Passover can contribute to profound internal reflection and lasting personal change.

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"[Michael L. Kagan] charges us not to remain chained to the text, but to enliven it with his (and eventually our own) commentary—to make ancient references more applicable. The Holistic Haggadah gives Jews the opportunity to turn their Pessah Seder into something more than an excuse to eat too much and stay up too late."  —Jerusalem Post Literary Quarterly 
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"How is this night different from all other nights?" is the traditional Passover question. But Kagan (who describes himself as an "ortho-practicing, but unorthodox, Jew") wants seder participants to look beyond the obvious and ask themselves a different question: "How will this night change me?" Using the Exodus story as an allegory of an individual's spiritual slavery and redemption, Kagan advocates a holistic approach to Judaism that merges the worlds of action, emotion, intellect and spirit. Readers are asked to reflect upon what is keeping them enslaved in their "inner Mitzraim" (Egypt). Kagan spiritualizes the various elements of Passover observance; burning the hametz (leavened bread), for example, symbolizes a willingness to let go of attachments and anything that puffs us up. (Mar.) Copyright 2004 Reed Business Information.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789657108499
  • Publisher: Urim Publications
  • Publication date: 3/15/2005
  • Edition description: Bilingual
  • Pages: 231
  • Sales rank: 771,313
  • Product dimensions: 6.84 (w) x 9.46 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael L. Kagan is a teacher of holistic Judaism and an ordained maggid, or sacred storyteller. He is the author of God’s Prayer and The King’s Messenger: A Parable about Judaism.

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Table of Contents

1 Introductions to the holistic Haggadah 5
2 In the beginning - between Purim and Pesah 22
3 B'dikat Hametz - searching for Hametz : searching for inner spoilage 24
4 Biur Hametz - burning of Hametz : willingness to let go of attachments 26
5 Lighting the candles : bringing in the light 28
6 Blessing the children : for they are our future 30
7 The fifteen steps - order out of chaos 34
8 The songs 208
9 The counting of the Omer 228
10 Afterword : the journey from Pesah to Shavuot 239
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