Definition of Haggadah in English:


Syllabification: Hag·ga·dah
Pronunciation: /häɡäˈdä, həˈɡädə
(also Aggadah /äɡäˈdä, əˈɡädə/)

noun (plural Haggadoth or Haggadot /-ˈdôt/)

1The text recited at the Seder on the first two nights of the Jewish Passover, including a narrative of the Exodus.
2A legend, parable, or anecdote used to illustrate a point of the Law in the Talmud.
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  • Some of the most wonderful Hebrew calligraphy can be found in old - and new - Haggadot.
  • The narrative picture cycles of the Haggadot tell quite a different story.
  • We now know of fifteen manuscripts written by him (all but one of which he illustrated), produced between 1731 and 1740; fourteen of these are Passover Haggadot.
2.1The (nonlegal) narrative element of the Talmud. Compare with Halacha.


mid 18th century: from Hebrew Haggāḏāh 'tale, parable', from higgīḏ 'tell, expound'.



Pronunciation: /həˈɡädik/
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  • But according to a number of Halakhic and Haggadic sources, only when another human being responds with the affirmation amen, can the act of blessing truly reach its fulfillment.
  • The other development was the gathering of Haggadic legends and tales into comprehensive, systematic compendiums.
  • Please realize that Haggadic themes are often difficult to convey in a few short sentences.


Pronunciation: /həˈɡädist/
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  • The Haggadists therefore compare the court to mingled wine, a mixture of one-third of wine and two-thirds of water.
  • Nevertheless, one cannot prevent one's self from being decidedly with Hillel, with Jesus, with St Paul against Sehamaï, or with the Haggadists against the Halachists.
  • The Haggadists, however, put the idea in the form of this astounding tale in order to arouse the public to follow the lecture with greater interest.

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