Preparing for a Humanistic Passover

If the Exodus isn’t historical, what do we do for Passover? Fortunately, you’re not on your own – there are a number of resources, haggadot and more that can make the season meaningful and memorable for Humanistic Jews (and the humanistically-inclined). Here are a few of them:

An historical essay on the origins of the holiday (by yours truly) in the online journal “Secular Culture and Ideas”.

Exploring the values of the Passover holiday for secular and Humanistic Jews (again by yours truly from “Secular Culture and Ideas”).

The sales listing for Rabbi Sherwin Wine’s The Humanist Haggadah (1978), which will be a featured exhibit this Passover season at the National Museum of American Jewish History in Philadelphia.

A selection from the wonderful The Liberated Haggadah: A Passover Celebration for Cultural, Secular and Humanistic Jews by Rabbi Peter Schweitzer explaining the major symbols of the holiday. My family has used this haggadah for the past several years, as does my congregation, Kol Hadash, in north suburban Chicago. Update: visit here for more information and sample texts from The Liberated Haggadah.

A review of The Liberated Haggadah by Alicia Ostriker.

A description of Roots and Branches: A Humanist Haggadah for Passover published by Oraynu Congregation for Humanistic Judaism in Toronto, Canada.

More Passover (and other holiday) materials from the Society for Humanistic Judaism.

More articles on Passover from a secular and Humanistic perspective.

And if all that isn’t enough, you can read an historical and Humanistic approach to the Exodus stories in the Bible in Michael Prival’s excellent Learning Bible Today: From the Creation to the Conquest of Canaan, in print or online.

Will that keep you busy for the next few weeks? I certainly hope so!

UPDATE 4/8/2103: For those competent in Hebrew, our Israeli partners Tmura have created a resource site for modern secular and humanistic haggadot.

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6 Responses to Preparing for a Humanistic Passover

  1. C. Laundry says:

    Hi Rabbi Chalom,
    I am enjoying your blog! Last year I wrote a post on how we celebrated Passover using the Roots and Branches Haggadah you listed above. Here’s the link in case you’re interested:

    http://coinlaundryblog.blogspot.ca/2012/04/my-first-secular-humanistic-seder.html?showComment=1363019795702&m=1

  2. Julian says:

    Thanks for the links. Materials on humanistic Judaism are a bit more “hidden” on the web than from other branches.

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  6. Will says:

    Reblogged this on and commented:
    Great resources for a Secular Humanistic Passover celebration from Rabbi Chalom.

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