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Well­springs of Free­dom: The Renew Our Days Haggadah

Rab­bi Ronald Aigen
  • From the Publisher
April 1, 2014

Well­springs of Free­dom: The Renew Our Days Hag­gadah, brings a fresh per­spec­tive to a famil­iar tale. It tells the sto­ry in a split screen” for­mat as both the col­lec­tive, his­tor­i­cal jour­ney of our peo­ple and the per­son­al, inner jour­ney. At 148 pages, the soft­cov­er, sewn bound, 7.5″ x 9.5″ Hag­gadah offers con­tem­pla­tive com­men­taries based on pre­vi­ous­ly untrans­lat­ed Hasidic insights into the Hag­gadah that speak to the con­tem­po­rary seek­er. Offers com­men­taries based on a pre­vi­ous­ly untrans­lat­ed col­lec­tion of Ḥasidic insights into the Hag­gadah for the con­tem­po­rary seek­er. Links each of the tra­di­tion­al siman­im or guide­posts” of the Seder to a theme that explores a facet of free­dom in our lives today. (E.g., Kad­desh-free­dom in rela­tion to our use of time; Karpas-free­dom and our rela­tion­ship to nature and the envi­ron­ment.) Pro­vides user-friend­ly cues for a fail-safe Seder, as well as for nav­i­gat­ing a briefer, child-ori­ent­ed Seder. Cre­ates a stun­ning visu­al midrash (com­men­tary) on the Passover Hag­gadah with col­or art­work by J.W. Stew­art. Rab­bi Ron Aigen, is the spir­i­tu­al leader of Con­gre­ga­tion Dor­shei Emet in Mon­tréal where he directs the EMET Cen­tre for Spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, Ethics and Cul­ture. A native of Brook­lyn, New York, he is a grad­u­ate of the Recon­struc­tion­ist Rab­bini­cal Col­lege, and was award­ed a Doc­tor of Divin­i­ty in 2001. He is a fel­low of the Insti­tute for Jew­ish Spir­i­tu­al­i­ty, and a Rab­binic Fel­low of the Shalom Hart­man Insti­tute in Jerusalem. Rab­bi Aigen cur­rent­ly serves as Pres­i­dent of the Mon­tréal Board of Rab­bis, and has served as Pres­i­dent of the Recon­struc­tion­ist Rab­bini­cal Asso­ci­a­tion and Chair of the Mon­tréal Fed­er­a­tion’s Com­mis­sion on Con­ti­nu­ity and Culture.

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