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A Mystical Haggadah: Passover Meditations, Teachings, and Tales

Eliahu Klein


PUBLISHED: 4th March 2008
ISBN: 9781556436499
ANNOTATION:
In a generation that has seen an explosion in popularity of books about mystical and meditative traditions, very little has been published about the rich and fascinating mystical traditions of the Jewish holy days. Passover, the first religious holiday of the Jewish people, particularly rewards a re-viewing from a mystical perspective. "A Mystical Haggadah" takes readers through the Passover ritual with Kabbalistic meditations and affirmations in a friendly, accessible format. This Haggadah also includes many Hassidic teachings and stories that have never been presented to the English reading audience. The book is especially valuable for its transliterations of all the major prayers and rituals, and is refreshing in its creative and spiritually-based adaptation and translation of the primary Haggadah text. "A Mystical Haggadah" is for all spiritual seekers who wish to explore this root tradition of Judaism as a ritual of cosmic importance. The book is also for Jewish seekers of all denominations who wish to explore the mystical, meditative, and empowering aspects of Jewish traditions as seen through the rich and meaningful Passover eve Seder ritual.
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PUBLISHED: 4th March 2008
ISBN: 9781556436499
ANNOTATION:
In a generation that has seen an explosion in popularity of books about mystical and meditative traditions, very little has been published about the rich and fascinating mystical traditions of the Jewish holy days. Passover, the first religious holiday of the Jewish people, particularly rewards a re-viewing from a mystical perspective. "A Mystical Haggadah" takes readers through the Passover ritual with Kabbalistic meditations and affirmations in a friendly, accessible format. This Haggadah also includes many Hassidic teachings and stories that have never been presented to the English reading audience. The book is especially valuable for its transliterations of all the major prayers and rituals, and is refreshing in its creative and spiritually-based adaptation and translation of the primary Haggadah text. "A Mystical Haggadah" is for all spiritual seekers who wish to explore this root tradition of Judaism as a ritual of cosmic importance. The book is also for Jewish seekers of all denominations who wish to explore the mystical, meditative, and empowering aspects of Jewish traditions as seen through the rich and meaningful Passover eve Seder ritual.

Annotation

In a generation that has seen an explosion in popularity of books about mystical and meditative traditions, very little has been published about the rich and fascinating mystical traditions of the Jewish holy days. Passover, the first religious holiday of the Jewish people, particularly rewards a re-viewing from a mystical perspective. "A Mystical Haggadah" takes readers through the Passover ritual with Kabbalistic meditations and affirmations in a friendly, accessible format. This Haggadah also includes many Hassidic teachings and stories that have never been presented to the English reading audience. The book is especially valuable for its transliterations of all the major prayers and rituals, and is refreshing in its creative and spiritually-based adaptation and translation of the primary Haggadah text. "A Mystical Haggadah" is for all spiritual seekers who wish to explore this root tradition of Judaism as a ritual of cosmic importance. The book is also for Jewish seekers of all denominations who wish to explore the mystical, meditative, and empowering aspects of Jewish traditions as seen through the rich and meaningful Passover eve Seder ritual.

Publisher Description

The Passover Seder meal every spring is probably the most widely-observed ritual in the Jewish holiday calendar, and the Haggadah is the traditional text used in the ceremony. "A Mystical Haggadah" is the first book to provide a spiritual interpretation of the Seder, with an easy to read transliterated text and new translation and commentary. In a generation that has seen an explosion in popularity of books about mystical and meditative traditions, there is actually very little published about the rich and fascinating mystical traditions of the Jewish holy days. Passover, the first religious holiday of the Jewish people, particularly deserves to be reviewed from a mystical perspective."A Mystical Haggadah" takes the reader through the Passover ritual with Kabbalistic meditations and affirmations in a groundbreaking reader-friendly format. This Haggadah also includes many Hassidic teachings and stories that have never been presented to the English reading audience. "A Mystical Haggadah" is for all spiritual seekers who wish to explore this root tradition of Judaism as a ritual of cosmic importance. "A Mystical Haggadah" is also for Jewish seekers of all denominations who wish to explore the mystical, meditative, and empowering aspects of Jewish traditions as seen through the rich and meaningful Passover eve Seder ritual.

Author Biography

Rabbi Eliahu Klein has taught Kabbalah, Jewish Meditation, and Hassidism for over 30 years throughout the U.S., Great Britain, and Israel. The Jewish Chaplain for San Francisco County Jails and other prisons of the State of California Department of Rehabilitation, he lives in Berkeley.

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction: Autobiographical Reflections 1 What Is Contained in This Haggadah? 6 2. The Ritual of Hunting for Khametz 8 The Search for Khametz 8 Burning the Khametz Ritual 11 3. The Ritual of Eruv Tavshilin 13 4. Blessing of the Candles 15 5. The Passover Seder: Fifteen Steps toward Illumination 17 Prelude to the Seder: A Hassidic Tale of Faith, Devotion, and Courage 17 THE SEDAR PLATE Step 1: Kadesh: Blessing of the First Cup 25 Step 2: Urkhatz: First Washing of the Hands 40 Step 3: Karpas: First Dipping of a Vegetable 42 Step 4: Yakhatz: Breaking the Middle Matzah-- Hiding the Afikomen 45 Step 5: Magid: Telling the Exodus Story 48 The Four Questions: Mah Nishtanah 53 Step 6: Rakhtzah: Second Washing of the Hands 99 Steps 7--8: Motzi-Matzah: Blessing on the Matzah 101 Step 9: Maror: Eating Bitter Herbs 103 Step 10: Koraikh: The Ancient Matzah Sandwich 105 Step 11: Shulkhan Orekh: The Banquet 106 Step 12: Tzafune: Eating the Afikomen 108 Step 13: Baraich: After Blessing at Conclusion of Banquet 109 Step 14: Hallel: Songs of Praise 125 Step 15: Nirtzah: Concluding Prayers and Songs of Goodwill 146 Bibliography: Annotated List of Sources 173 Glossary 179 About the Author 189

Review

"Steeped in the tradition of Kabbalah, the mystic branch of Judaism, Klein's book sheds new light on old traditions and adds a contemplative aspect to often numbingly familiar stories; it's sure to provide, if not enlightenment, then at the very least a little novelty at the traditional meal." --Kirkus Reviews "Rabbi Klein brings us deeper into the ways of tikkun according to Kabbalah and Hasidism, than any other Haggadah in English. One of the great strengths of this Haggadah is that it reflects Rabbi Klein's personal experience. He is particularly adept at weaving more abstract kabbalistic commentaries with stories and personal advice from Hasidic rebbes. A Mystical Haggadah can help teach us how to pray with activist feet, or at least rehearse the steps on Passover night." --Kennard Lipman, Tikkun magazine

"Rabbi Klein has penned a fascinating Haggadah according to the mystical traditions of Kabbalah and Hassidic masters...This is a deep and satisfying book that invites the reader to dive deeply into the Spirit behind the Seder." --Pan Spence, The Ohio Jewish Chronicle

"Chassidic tales, gematria, kabbalistic meditations and the traditional Haggadah text combine in A Mystical Haggadah...There's a homey feel, it's refreshing, and there are several items in it that you may wish to incorporate into your celebration." --Cynthia Ramsay, Jewish Independent

"This is a complex haggadah that stops at nearly every point in the telling of the Passover story to discuss the meaning and greater mystical significance of every action undertaken during the seder, as well as including the occasional story with lessons and miracles of harder, but more pious times...for those looking for inner meaning, they may well find it in this text." --Joel Magalnick, JTNews

"This elegant haggadah is filled with wondrous commentaries--many outside the realm of standard interpretations and comments--by a variety of kabalistic and Chassidic teachers." --Stephen S. Pearce, J Weekly

"[A Mystical Haggadah] stops at nearly every point in the telling of the Passover story to discuss the meaning and greater mystical significance of every action undertaken during the seder, as well as including the occasional story with lessons and miracles of harder, but more pious times.

"Rabbi Klein borrows from Chassidic masters and features descriptions of his own experiences, providing meditations every step of the way while he blesses God and the shechinah....

..".[T]hose looking for inner meaning may well find it in this text." --Diana Brement, JTNews

"A Mystical Haggadah: Passover Meditations, Teachings and Tales by Eliahu Klein incorporates the Kabbalah teachings into the 15-step seder ritual." --Publishers Weekly

Long Description

In a generation that has seen an explosion in popularity of books about mystical and meditative traditions, very little has been published about the rich and fascinating mystical traditions of the Jewish holy days. Passover, the first religious holiday of the Jewish people, particularly rewards a re-viewing from a mystical perspective. "A Mystical Haggadah" takes readers through the Passover ritual with Kabbalistic meditations and affirmations in a friendly, accessible format. This Haggadah also includes many Hassidic teachings and stories that have never been presented to the English reading audience. The book is especially valuable for its transliterations of all the major prayers and rituals, and is refreshing in its creative and spiritually-based adaptation and translation of the primary Haggadah text. "A Mystical Haggadah" is for all spiritual seekers who wish to explore this root tradition of Judaism as a ritual of cosmic importance. The book is also for Jewish seekers of all denominations who wish to explore the mystical, meditative, and empowering aspects of Jewish traditions as seen through the rich and meaningful Passover eve Seder ritual.

Review Quote

"Steeped in the tradition of Kabbalah, the mystic branch of Judaism, Klein's book sheds new light on old traditions and adds a contemplative aspect to often numbingly familiar stories; it's sure to provide, if not enlightenment, then at the very least a little novelty at the traditional meal." -Kirkus Reviews "Rabbi Klein brings us deeper into the ways of tikkun according to Kabbalah and Hasidism, than any other Haggadah in English. One of the great strengths of this Haggadah is that it reflects Rabbi Klein's personal experience. He is particularly adept at weaving more abstract kabbalistic commentaries with stories and personal advice from Hasidic rebbes. A Mystical Haggadah can help teach us how to pray with activist feet, or at least rehearse the steps on Passover night." -Kennard Lipman,Tikkunmagazine "Rabbi Klein has penned a fascinating Haggadah according to the mystical traditions of Kabbalah and Hassidic masters…This is a deep and satisfying book that invites the reader to dive deeply into the Spirit behind the Seder." -Pan Spence,The Ohio Jewish Chronicle "Chassidic tales, gematria, kabbalistic meditations and the traditional Haggadah text combine in A Mystical Haggadah…There's a homey feel, it's refreshing, and there are several items in it that you may wish to incorporate into your celebration." -Cynthia Ramsay,Jewish Independent "This is a complex haggadah that stops at nearly every point in the telling of the Passover story to discuss the meaning and greater mystical significance of every action undertaken during the seder, as well as including the occasional story with lessons and miracles of harder, but more pious times…for those looking for inner meaning, they may well find it in this text." -Joel Magalnick,JTNews "This elegant haggadah is filled with wondrous commentaries-many outside the realm of standard interpretations and comments-by a variety of kabalistic and Chassidic teachers." -Stephen S. Pearce,J Weekly "[A Mystical Haggadah] stops at nearly every point in the telling of the Passover story to discuss the meaning and greater mystical significance of every action undertaken during the seder, as well as including the occasional story with lessons and miracles of harder, but more pious times. "Rabbi Klein borrows from Chassidic masters and features descriptions of his own experiences, providing meditations every step of the way while he blesses God and the shechinah.... "...[T]hose looking for inner meaning may well find it in this text." -Diana Brement,JTNews "A Mystical Haggadah: Passover Meditations, Teachings and Talesby Eliahu Klein incorporates the Kabbalah teachings into the 15-step seder ritual." -Publishers Weekly

Excerpt from Book

From the Introduction: What is contained in this Haggadah? In this Haggadah I have decided to mix both worlds that are precious to me--the passionate heart traditions of Hassidism and the possibility of achieving cosmic consciousness through Kabbalah meditation and visualization. Thus, at the beginning of the Haggadah I share a Hassidic legend of how an impoverished Hassidic master, with the power of his faith and convictions, was able to manifest a miracle. When the Haggadah continues with the initiation of the Seder --Kadesh, the blessing of the wine--I begin to share and present a mystical commentary and meditation used by the Kabbalists to expand one's mind and heart so that one enters into sacred space. Throughout the Haggadah I alternate between the Hassidic heart commentaries based on traditions from Eastern Europe such as the rebbehs of the Ishbizter-Radzin dynasty, the Tchernobel-Trisk dynasty, the Rizhiner-Husyatin dynasty; and the primary teachings of the Baal Shem Tov, the founder of Hassidism, Rabbi Levi Yitzchak of Berditchev, and other masters of the heart. Preceding most of the rituals, I offer a mystical meditation or a contemplative prayer from the following mystics: Rabbi Yosef Hayim of Baghdad--the Ben Ish Hai; Rabbi Isaac Luria; Rabbi Haim Vital-Calabrese; Rabbi Moses de Leon, the celebrated publisher of the Zohar; Rabbi Sar Shalom Sharabi, the ecstatic Kabbalah mandala master; and reflections from the Zohar and mystical teachings from Rabbi Isaiah Horowitz, the author of the acclaimed "SHALAH" (the acronym for Shnei Lukhot Habrit--The Two Tablets of the Covenant ). The purpose of this montage of Haggadah traditions is to transmit a full spectrum of illumination that is embedded within these teachings; to show that it is worthwhile for seekers and practitioners to explore many traditions, and to extract those aspects that resonate with their souls so they may experience the maximum spiritual experience during this sacred holiday of Passover...

Product Details

Short Title
MYSTICAL HAGGADAH
Pages
189
Publisher
North Atlantic Books
Language
English
Translator
Eliahu J. Klein
ISBN-10
1556436491
ISBN-13
9781556436499
Media
Book
Format
Paperback
Illustrations
Yes
Year
2008
Publication Date
2008-03-31
Author
Eliahu Klein
Subtitle
Passover Meditations, Teachings, and Tales
Country of Publication
United States
Audience
General/Trade
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