The Liberated Haggadah: A Passover Celebration for Cultural, Secular and Humanistic Jews
From a review on Jbooks.com by critic and poet Alicia Ostriker:
The framing of this haggadah is historical rather than mythic. The text states up front that the exodus is legend rather than fact, and points out that the Passover festival is related to spring festivals before it. The reasons to celebrate this story, it claims, are that it is the first story in the world to embody the idea that slaves could become free people; that it has inspired Jews throughout history, “even in our darkest moments;” and that “it teaches us to have compassion for those who are still not free - because ‘we, too, were once slaves in Egypt.’” The stress throughout is on the linked ideas of freedom and responsibility. The initiative-taking roles of Moses, Miriam, and the people as a whole are equally represented.
...As a mom and grandmom, one of the features I like about The Liberated Haggadah is the way it responds to the four types of children. Call me permissive, but I appreciate the way it asks us to encourage them all, including the irreverent one.. Read more...