What Is Maggid Really About?

How To Read The Haggadah

Rabbi David Fohrman
Rabbi David Fohrman

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Does this sound familiar? It's late. You're hungry. You lean. You drink. You read. Then, finally, you eat. Another Seder in the books.

Reading the Haggadah is just one of many rituals of the Passover Seder – but it can be difficult to read. Sometimes in a rush to fit it all in, we mumble our way through the Maggid text, without considering what it all means. But it doesn't have to be this way. The Haggadah is meant to be studied, and the Maggid holds important messages.

We are commanded on Passover to retell the story of the Exodus. However, the Haggadah isn’t actually retelling the exact story from the Bible. Instead, the Haggadah shows us the story from an everyman’s perspective, written much later. The Haggadah also includes stories of God’s interaction with the Israelite nation – all the way back to Abraham. So, how does reading the Haggadah fulfill our commandment to retell the Exodus on Passover? Why not skip the introductory text, open a Bible, dive straight to the Exodus, and finish the Seder a few hours earlier?

The main part of the Haggadah – Maggid – literally means “retelling a story.” And “retelling” is the key word for reading the Haggadah. Rabbi Fohrman argues that the Maggid is really a deep narrative that shows evidence of God’s ongoing promise to save His people. It recounts the survival stories of the Israelite nation throughout the centuries, to show that God’s original promise to Abraham wasn’t a one-time event – even when at times it appeared so.

In this video course, Rabbi Fohrman examines the different stories in the Haggadah and discovers how the narratives actually hold a single message for Jews today – even during periods of oppression and dark times, God will still bring us out and preserve His commitment.

Join Rabbi Fohrman as he explores these central Passover texts from the Maggid, and shows us a different way to experience the Passover Haggadah; a way that will transform your Seder from a sleepy series of mumbling into an immersive, enchanting experience – the way it was always meant to be.