3 Unique Haggadot for Your Seder | From Baseball to Spirituality to Harry Potter

Disclosure StatementMy family likes to get one or two new hagaddot each year. We do our seder out of the Artscroll, but we still enjoy having different hagaddot at our table, which enhance our learning and conversations.

This year, our choice is the brand new hagaddah / workbook from Ayeka called The Ayeka Haggadah: Hearing Your Own Voice.

Ayeka is a wonderful organization headed by Rabbi Aryeh Ben David, who — full disclosure — was the mesader keddushin at my wedding 15 years ago. Ayeka works throughout Israel and the Diaspora Jewish communities to implement programs that make traditional Jewish learning relevant, meaningful and inspirational.

I’ve been to a few of their programs and they were wonderful, thought-provoking and penetrating. I expect no less from their new haggadah. You can buy it here, or on the Ayeka site.  (It’s 16% off at Amazon.)

If you’re looking for something a little lighter / perhaps less intensive, I had to share these two new (and newish) haggadot. We haven’t used either of them yet, but they are both on my wish list!

First, for all you Harry Potter fans, The (unofficial) Hogwarts Haggadah seems like a can’t-miss. The fact that it’s 40% off right now at Amazon doesn’t hurt either!

What could a School of Witchcraft and Wizardry possibly have in common with the most published book in Jewish history and the most celebrated holiday of the Jewish calendar? As it turns out, quite a lot. From the concepts of slavery and freedom, to the focus on education, to the number four, Harry Potter and Passover share almost everything. This book is the perfect companion for young and old at the Seder table. Enchant your guests with lessons from the magical realms of Hogwarts and Jewish tradition. Foster conversation with student responses to Seder questions. And learn the ultimate lesson: Holiness can be found everywhere, if you know where to look.

And lastly, on Opening Day, what better day is there to tell you about the The Baseball Haggadah: A Festival of Freedom and Springtime in 15 Innings. We’re huge baseball fans, so this seems like a perfect fit for my whole family.

This enchanting Haggadah with its vivid illustrations will capture the imagination of seder participants of all ages (from little leaguers to adults). With Moses as the team captain for the Israelites and Pharaoh heading up the Taskmasters, the lineups struggle for dominance. God throws the ultimate “splitter,” making way for the Israelites to cross the Sea of Reeds. Each participant takes a turn up at bat as a reader. There is a 7th Inning Stretch, during which the children can go to the door to search for and welcome the presence of Elijah. Ultimately, there is praise and joy and celebration. Freedom has been won. The Israelites, have made it safely home, and springtime is renewed on a field of green.

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  1. Debbie Lurie says:

    Got my 25 year old Harry Potter fan a Hogwart’s Haggadah. He loves it! He has been a HP follower since the first book came out. Thanks for sharing it, Mara.

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