Baal Shem Tov, or Besht — the founder of Chasidism —
met the soul of the Messiah during an ascent to heaven.
The Besht asked him, "When will the Master come?"
The Messiah answered, "When your wellsprings break forth to the outside!"
(from a letter
written by the Besht to his brother-in-law about one of his soul ascents)
The Haggadah of the Inner Seder reveals the deep structure of the seder.
It includes commentaries that explain not just what things mean but how the seder works as a spritiual technology. The Power Point version includes many of the commentaries but is trimmer and based on the beautiful haggadah of Sarah Benor, which can be found on the Jewish Language Project site.
In the Haggadah of the Inner Seder, you'll find signposts and cues indicating where important transformations of the seder's symbols take place, helping you to follow the process of liberation.
And you'll learn about different customs from different communities. (In the Power Point version, you'll learn even more about customs in different communities.) You can download a 20-page Word DOC file
or a PDF file. And here's the link for the Power Point.
The 2020 version includes additional questions and reflections for this year of coronavirus seclusion. You can also download a 3-page supplement that includes most of the commentary in the Haggadah of the Inner Seder, including these 2020 additions.
The Haggadah of the Inner Seder can work as your main haggadah, but it's also a great supplement alongside other haggadot. And understanding the deep structure of the haggadah will help you create and lead your own seder.
Learn more about the seder's structure from the lessons below.