Compiled and Adapted, 1985-2000
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
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
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Last update: March 19, 2000
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