[huh-gah-duh; Sephardic Hebrew hah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew hah-gaw-duh]
- a book containing the liturgy for the Seder service on the Jewish festival of Passover.
Origin of Haggadah
From Hebrew; see origin at Aggadah
or Ag·ga·da, A·ga·da, Hag·ga·dah
[Sephardic Hebrew ah-gah-dah; Ashkenazic Hebrew uh-gah-duh]
- the nonlegal or narrative material, as parables, maxims, or anecdotes, in the Talmud and other rabbinical literature, serving either to illustrate the meaning or purpose of the law, custom, or Biblical passage being discussed or to introduce a different, unrelated topic.
Origin of Aggadah
< Hebrew haggādhāh, derivative of higgīdh to narrate; see Haggadah
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Examples from the Web for haggadah
In every generation, my haggadah teaches me, bigots rise up to discriminate against and attack minorities.Commentary Whitewashes Discrimination
May 8, 2012
I asked my father the Four Questions, and we all recited the Haggadah together.Yiddish Tales
And Martha sought the mother and told her: "They are reading the Haggadah with six arms."I.N.R.I.
He came in with the question of the wicked child in the Haggadah: "What business is this of yours?"Stories and Pictures
Isaac Loeb Peretz
For he bent over his Haggadah, and tears flowed from his weary old eyes.Simon Eichelkatz; The Patriarch
And it is quite true that whatever the Pharisees taught upon those subjects is found in the Haggadah and not in the Halachah.Pharisaism, Its Aim And Its Method
R. Travers Herford
C19: from Hebrew haggādāh a story, from hagged to tell
- a homiletic passage of the Talmud
- collectively, the homiletic part of traditional Jewish literature, as contrasted with Halacha, consisting of elaborations on the biblical narratives or tales from the lives of the ancient Rabbis
- any traditional homiletic interpretation of scripture
Also called: Aggadatah (əˈɡadəta), Haggadah
Word Origin and History for haggadah
1856, from Rabbinical Hebrew haggadhah, literally "tale," verbal noun from higgidh "to make clear, narrate, expound."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper