Next Year in Jerusalem celebrates and honors the many versions of the Haggadah that are available to us today.
Passover is one of the most widely celebrated Jewish holidays. Regardless of their beliefs, Jews around the world get together with family and friends to celebrate and commemorate our liberation from slavery and to acknowledge the plagues that are still with us today.
The earliest version of the Haggadah that is still in existence is probably from the 9thCentury C.E. A fairly complete fragment of this Haggadah was found in the Cairo Genizah—a repository/archive for ancient texts located in the synagogue which was built in 882 C.E., in the Egyptian city of Fostat, now Cairo.
Although the term People of the Book specifically refers to the Jewish people and the Torah, Jews historically have seen reading, literature and knowledge as cornerstones of our faith. Reading the Haggadah at the Passover seder embraces this tradition. Today there is a Haggadah for everyone’s needs and beliefs.