I made this Haggadah very special. I called it "Haggadah from Generation to Generation" with the intention of making it a family heirloom that will pass on in the family from generation to generation. It is all in Hebrew (from right to left) and I'm sorry I didn't translate it (it's very difficult).
It is all handmade, from the folding cover on the outside to all the pages inside. On the inside of the cover I wrote a verse from the book of psalms 78: "What he commanded our ancestors, they were to teach their children; That the next generation might come to know, children yet to be born".
The title on the first page is: Haggadah for Oly family. The Haggadah is usually a thin book with a lot of writing and a few drawings. In this Haggadah I combined the writing with family photos and embellishments that I tried to fit to the text. The first section is "Sanctify", so I added photos of my sister's wedding and mine.
One of the highlights of the Seder is the Four Questions, we are asking: What makes this night different from all other nights? To match the text I added a theme of change: a photo of me and my sister as children and two photos as moms with families.
This section talks about the delivarence from slavery in Egypt, so I embellished the page with birds outside of their cages.
The Haggadah speaks of four children: one wise, one wicked, one simple, and one who does not know how to ask. These four children represent different types of people. This is an important lesson in education: in order to be freed from Egypt (metaphorically) different people need different explanations to be convinced.
The first part of the Haggadah ends with a festive big meal. It is very long so I will post it in parts. We will go to eat and come back on Friday with a full stomach to see part two.
Happy Spring and Easter to everyone!