Mishkan HaSeder is the newest publication of the CCAR Press Mishkan series of liturgical texts. It follows the format of pairing liturgical text and poetry adopted by the Mishkan series. As Rabbi Hara Person shares in her introduction, “it became clear that we needed a new Haggadah to add to our ever-growing collection, one using the model already developed in our other liturgical publications…with the familiar Haggadah liturgy on the right side and poetry on the left, again designing a conversation between the historic text of the Haggadah and poems dealing with similar themes or imagery.” The interplay between poetry and liturgy is heightened by the artist Tobi Kahn. The traditional liturgy of the Haggadah is adapted, expanded, and interpreted for a modern audience to build a closer connection and deeper understanding to the themes of Passover. The text also offers a guided experience for participants, opening the opportunity for greater interactivity and collaboration. Mishkan HaSeder is beautifully crafted and visually appealing. It is best suited for an adult audience that is responsive to the written word and sensitive to the interplay between language and the visual arts.
This is part of the Passover 5781/2021 Haggadah Roundup.
Jonathan Fass is the Managing Director of Educational Technology and Strategy at The Jewish Education Project of New York.