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The 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) 

Haggadah of the Inner Seder ~ 2020 edition + Zoom Power Point Haggadah!

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.

You can also get the Omer Counter app, Omer widgets, and other resources here ~ including prayers for the Earth for the 50th year of Earth Day!

The Haggadah of the Inner Seder also includes:
  • Torah quotes about taking care of refugees
  • Earth-centered kavvanot and prayers
  • An abbreviated but halakhically complete Birkat Hamazon
  • full Hallel (transliteration only)
  • more midrash
  • Commentaries related to peace and Israel
  • The Haggadah is 19 pages long (plus cover)
Haggadah of the Inner Seder does not include all the fun songs like Chad Gadya - so make sure you supplement!

Download the Haggadah of the Inner Seder
DOC file | PDF file | Power Point

The PDF is about 30 MB and make take a longer time to download/display.

Another Haggadah that goes deeply into the process of the haggadah, which you can order from Amazon, is Michael Kagan's "Holistic Haggadah". And Ellen Bernstein's new haggadah, "The Promise of the Land", is also out new this year.
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Here is a link describing some of the basic ideas in the haggadah.


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