'Radicalized' Hagada Poses Many Queries
Hagada texts have been revised
and implemented through the ages.
In non-observant colonies in Israel
specially composed Hagadot have
been in use for many years. In
most instances, additional material
has been supplementary, and the
traditional Hagada is in general
This is not the case with the new
Hagada titled "The Freedom Se-
der" authored by Arthur I. Was-
kow and published by Micah Press
in Washington and Holt, Rinehart
Indeed, this is an entirely
"radicalized" Hagada, as author
and publishers announce, resorting
to such "rabbis," "judges," "pro-
phets," and "shofets" as Eldridge
Cleaver, Martin Luther King, Jr.,
Abraham Lincoln, A. J. Mustc,
Ghandi • Hannah Arendt, Henry
David Thoreau, Martin Huber and
Waskow describes his book as
both radical and religious. "It is
unusual for a radical book in that
it stands within the religious tradi-
tion, praises God, and works
through ritual and ceremony," he
says. "On the other hand, it is un-
usual for a religious book in that
it is openly and joyfully radical."
Waskow represents the National
Jewish Organizing Project and is
a member of Jews for Urban Jus-
tice. young Washingtontians com-
mitted to ending racism. He is also
a- resident fellow at the Institute
for Policy Studies in Washington.
While Waskow claims that his
Hagada fuses the traditional with
a modern celebration of the need
for liberation from war, racism
and poverty, the text contains only
the Ma Nishtana in Hebrew and
the Had Gadya is transliterated in
English. But there is really little
of the traditional in it.
The new Hagada includes trans-
literated prayers, the "Im EM Ani
Li . . ." and several other Hebrew
selections Latinized. But these
certainly do not represent reten-
tion of the traditional Hagada text.
Nevertheless, when the first in-
terracial Freedom Seder was con-
ducted by Waskow in the heart of
Washington's ghetto last year, the
participants included Rabbi Bal-
four Brickner of the Union of
American Hebrew Congregations
and Rabbi Harold White of. Ameri-
can University, both of whom
Indeed, this new Hagada is a
timely document in the quest for
justice, but its use could be rec-
ommended for a third seder. Sub-
stitution for the traditional Hagada
carries with it menacing implica-
tions for the family seder that
should retain its traditional values.
It is against Such danger that this
reviewer must warn in comment-
ing upon the new book.
Rabbinical Alliance Terms
Ilagadah as Offensive,
Without Rabinical Authority
NEW YORK (JTA) — The Rab-
binical Alliance of America. an
Orthodox agency, denounced as
"offensive" the "Freedom Seder:
A New Hagadah for Passover,"
written by Arthur Waskow, a
Washington Jewish activist.
Rabbi Abraham Gross, presi-
dent of the group, declared that
the Hagada was a religious work
and the Waskow did not meet the
requirements for changes in such
a work for which "one must be
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Rabbi Gross said Waskow had cessantly and eternally to make
the right to issue a book drawing new roads, wherever they may
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a parallel between the Jewish lead.—Feodor Dostoevski.
liberatioin from Egyptian slavery
and the modern civil rights strug-
gle. However, he added, "it is
most offensive for Mr. Waskow
to call his • book a Hagada and
to make "radical changes" without
rabbinic authority. The rabbi add-
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ed that the author had added "in-
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in his Hagada statements from
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Panther leader Eldridge Cleaver
and writer Hannah Arendt among
others who have a record of "anti-
Semitic public remarks."
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Convening members of the
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At the same time, the meeting
will honor Mr. and Mrs. David J.
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to visit with their _children and
families. Mrs. Portnoy's parents
are long-time residents in Israel.
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recognize the labors of Mr. and
Mrs. Sol Lessman who will be pre-
sented with the Rabbi Reiner Fel-
lowship. The Lessmans also are
leaving for an Israel visit.
Speaker at the meeting will be
Rabbi James Gordon who has just
returned from Israel with his fam-
ily. The Gordons' son was Bar
Mitzva during their Israel visit at
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