Yeshiva Ateret Tzvi

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Text Box: Kabbalist Haggadah

In the first work of its kind to appear in the English language, Rabbi Worch provides the reader and student with an unparalleled tool for the exploration of this most complex meal of faith.

A Handbook of the Seder

Contents Include

· Preparing for Passover: understanding the Egyptian Exile

· Preparing the Seder

· The 15 stations

· Full Hebrew text, songs

· New English translation

· Commentary

· Song of Songs

· First complete English translation and commentary of the Kabbalist classic “The Mystery of the Finger of God”

Price: $30.00

ISBN: 0-9674470-2-X

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Virtually every Jewish man, woman and child knows what Passover is and has participated at a seder using the Passover Haggadah. It is the most beloved and universally popular Jewish book. The Haggadah has been published in hundreds, if not thousands of versions, and despite the fact that people have been adapting this ancient text and amending the ritual to reflect the consciousness of modernity, it remains remarkably impervious to changes in fashion.


Part of the reason for its endurance is the fact that it is a very precisely worded and profoundly mystical text of fabulous complexity and brilliance. It should come as no surprise that all characters mentioned by name in the Haggadah, R. Akiba, R. Yossi Haglili, and R. Yehuda were known to be active in the mystical arts in 1st and 2nd century Palestine. Some, like R. Eliezer the Great and R. Akiba were leaders of their esoteric schools and authored kabbalistic texts of their own.


For the first time, the English reader is invited to join a seder with some of the protagonists of those discussions, to make the personal journey out of slavery, to prepare for personal Giluy Shechina - Divine Revelation.


The Kabbalist Haggadah gives the reader a compelling reason and marvelous tool for revisiting the original Haggadah. Every line of text and every detail of the ritual is given its basic kabbalistic description and  appropriate

Kavvana - Intention. Besides providing a wealth of information to the would-be kabbalist, a how-to manual of the mystical seder, Rabbi J. Hershy Worch takes the reader into the rarified world of practical kabbalah, where every thought is mirrored and each act brings a response: as below, so above - as above, so below.


The subtext of the Haggadah is the primal trauma, Adam and Eve eating from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil, resulting in a loss of intimacy, referred to in kabbalah as the Exile of Da’at - Knowing. Slavery is undoubtedly the most prevalent and ancient of human sicknesses. Compulsive behaviors and what are commonly considered ‘addictions’, all the modern barriers to intimacy, are merely the current forms of Egyptian exile. The Haggadah is an ancient self-help book, because that’s what kabbalah is all about.