The following text is taken from “ Ani Maamin “ / I Believe, a poem by Elie Wiesel that is included in “ A passover Haggadah “ as commented upon by Elie Wiesel. A camp. An inmate. A creature without a name. A man without a face, Without a destiny. It is night. The first night of Passover.
The camp is asleep, He alone is awake. He talks to himself Soundlessly. I hear his words, I capture his silence. To himself, to me, He is saying : I have not partaken of matzot, Nor of maror.
I have not emptied the four cups, Symbols of the four deliverances. I did not invite the hungry To share my repast – Or even my hunger. No longer have I a son To ask me the four questions – No longer have I the strength To answer…
The ancient wish – Le shana habaa bi-Yerushalaim – Will not be granted. I shall not be in Jerusalem next year. Or anywhere else. Next year I shall not be. And then, How do I know that Jerusalem is here? Still, I recite the Haggadah As though I believe in it. And I await the prophet Elijah, As I did long ago.
“ Seder Plate “ made by Tibor Spitz I open my heart to him And say: Welcome, prophet of the promise, Come, share in my story… Come. I shall wait for you. And even if you disappoint me I shall go on waiting, Ani Maamin.
http://www.angelfire.com/pa2/passover/passoverhaggadah.html The Passover Haggadah is the 'instruction manual' of the Passover Seder (a festive meal that opens the Passover festival). The Passover Haggadah describes how to conduct the Passover Seder from start to finish. The word " Seder " means "order" in Hebrew, and the Passover Haggadah "tells" or "recites" the 15-step "Seder" or order of events conducted at specific points during the Passover Seder.
Passover gift from my sister. It is a real gem !
http://www.amazon.com/Koren-Birds-Head-Haggada-Passover/ This Haggada is based on one of the oldest extant haggadot in the world: the Bird's Head Haggada from the late 13th century, now in the collection of the Israel Museum. Colorful pop-ups and movable scenes of the ten plagues, the Israelites crossing the Red Sea and more keep children (and adults!) engaged in the seder from beginning to end.