Compiled and Adapted, 1985-2000
Robert Parnes

For thousands of years the people of Israel have not forgotten that their ancestors were slaves in the land of Egypt. The passage from slavery into freedom became the chief event of Israelite history. Classical Hebrew writings lay stress on the fact that the external liberation was not an end in itself but the necessary precondition for the receiving of the Law on Mount Sinai -- the sublime climax of Israel's liberation which took place thirty-two centuries ago.

"In every generation let each one feel as if he or she came forth out of Egypt." This tenet strove to make the Exodus from slavery into freedom a living personal experience. It was in this spirit that the story of the liberation was told and handed down from generation to generation, each generation in turn growing up in the knowledge that it would have the responsibility to tell the story to the next one.

KADESH, Sanctification of the Day
UR-HATZ, Washing the Hands
KARPAS, Rebirth and Renewal
YACHATZ, A Bond Formed by Sharing
MAGGID, The Story of the Exodus
ROCHTZAH, Washing our Hands
MOTZI, A Blessing for Bread
MATZAH, A Special Blessing for Matzah
MAROR, A Blessing for the Bitter Herbs
KOREICH, Continuity with Past Tradition
SHULCHAN OREICH, The Meal is Served
TZAFUN, The Afikoman is Found and Eaten
BAREICH, Thanks for Divine Sustenance
HALLEL, Praise
NIRTZAH, Conclusion

The Parnes Haggadah specifically incorporates two traditional songs. I have been blessed to have the awesome bass Barry Carl, long a member of the great a cappella band Rockapella, record those two songs exclusively for this web site. Please take a few minutes to listen to Barry singing Dayenu and Eliyahu Hanavi.
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Last update: March 19, 2000
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