Haggadah Buying Guide
A Haggadah is the book used at the Passover Seder to tell the story of Exodus. It guides us through the 14 rituals, blessings, and stories that comprise the Seder.
While the traditional text within the Haggadah has been around for nearly 2,000 years, there are thousands of different editions by a variety of publishers aimed at different audience. Selecting a Haggadah provides an opportunity for hosts to get creative and customize the Seder experience depending on the needs of their guests. For example, illustrated Haggadahs will keep kids captivated before the meal, while a Haggadah that is transliterated to English is helpful for guests who can't read Hebrew.
Below, we have compiled some our favorite Haggadahs that cater to a variety of interests and needs, so you're sure to find one perfect for each of your guests. If you're looking for even more options, check out our full selection here!
LIMITED EDITION: The Floersheim Haggadah from 16th Century Europe
If you truly want to embrace the concept of l'dor v'dor, from generation to generation, purchase the Floersheim Haggadah while you have the chance. This Ashkenazi Haggadah, originally written in the year 1502, has been reproduced and bound into a deluxe hardcover Haggadah filled with colorful 16th-century illustrations. This Hebrew Haggaddah comes with a booklet is in English and Hebrew that provides detailed explanations of the history of this unique Haggadah and its contents.
The Pop-Up Haggadah
A pop-up Haggadah will bring a new level of fun to the table, no matter how old you are. This Haggadah is perfect for children and adults alike, with engaging illustrations on almost every page. The scenes are nothing new — in fact, they were inspired by a 13th century German Haggadah called the "Bird's Head Haggadah." This extraordinary Haggadah has the Passover story written in both Hebrew and English, and its hardcover and kid-proof glossy pages mean it will last for years to come.
The Erna Michael Haggadah
Calling all medieval history buffs: this illustrated Haggadah is for you! This Haggadah has reproductions of the artwork and pages featured in the original Erna Michael Haggadah, which was published in 1400s Germany and is now part of the Israel Museum's collection. In addition to its beautiful photos, this Haggadah features both the original Hebrew and the English translation.
The Passover Hebrew-English Phonetic Haggadah
Seders can be overwhelmingly for people who don't understand Hebrew. Help put your guests at ease with the Hebrew-English Phonetic Haggadah. Featuring Hebrew, transliteration, and English translation, this paperback Haggadah includes illustrations on each page.
The Ethiopian Haggadah
While the Exodus story can feel like it is far in the past, the story of the Ethiopian Jews' immigration to Israel during the 1980s and 1990s can remind us that freedom is still a timely topic. The Ethiopian Haggadah not only tells the story of the Jewish people leaving Egypt, but beautifully portrays the story of the Ethiopian Jews and their difficult journey to Israel through historical photos, stunning paintings, and moving poems.
The Round Haggadah
You can tell what makes the Round Haggadah special just by looking at it. While some say this Haggadah is round to represent cycles and rebirth (like Passover), it was originally meant to represent the round handmade matzah often used at the Seder. With colorful illustrations that bring the Passover story to life, this vibrant Haggadah is available in both Hebrew/English and Hebrew/Spanish.
The Lublin Hebrew-English Passover Haggadah
Whether your ancestors hailed from Poland or you're simply captivated by European-Jewish history, the Lublin Hebrew-English Passover Haggadah is a unique addition to any Haggadah collection. This hardcover Hagaddah celebrates the rich history of Jews in Poland through photographs, reprints of art, and copies of publications previously only found in museums.