About six years ago, I took part in a Passover Seder lead by the magnificent Sarah Clyne Sundberg. It was the most glorious, interesting and profound Pesachs I have ever participated in. Instead of a mechanical fast read, or a collection of more and less vague costumes that lead to a festive super-meal, her Seder was an open discussion with various philosophical and political branching, and one which welcomed the contributions of everyone around the table, as it probably should be. It was the first time that I, a native ‘Hebrew’ speaker, could fully understand the text , (because the ‘Hebrew’ haggadahs are unintelligible to me, and do not usually have a translation to the modern Zionist language, AKA the contemporary/Israeli Hebrew that I speak). Consequently, I could engage with it and discuss problems in the story, and beyond.
Indeed, it was not an ordinary night, and not an ordinary Seder.
Moreover, Clyne-Sundberg’s (co-authored) haggadah included interpretations and political comments that I was eager to share with others. The experience was so positive that I started working on a Hebrew version already on the next day. Sadly, months of work were subsequently lost when my laptop got stolen in 2013, and only now I was able to start over, and this time finish the work too. (To the Hebrew experimental edition).
I am very happy to say that, while a published English edition is scheduled for next year, readers of this blog can now download for free home use (for a limited time, probably) the full experimental English edition of the wonderful, political and egalitarian Clyne Sundberg and Grossman’s Progressive Haggadah. The file is designed and ready to be printed on A5 (or: 2 pages side-by-side per every A4 page, which can be set up in the priting setting of most programmes). Alternatively, you may choose to buy a bounded copy here. I promise that it would be a wonderful night! We only ask in return, to send us comments and proof, after you’ve used it.