Union Haggadah (Revised 1923): A Found Poem

a plate of matzah and spring flowers

UNION HAGGADAH ♦ Revised 1923

A found poem                                 

Thou shalt tell thy son
I went forth out of Egypt.
Making real to our generation the ever fresh
embittered life of bondage,
the story of our deliverance,
to awaken national consciousness—
—idealism of generations
to face and honestly meet
the needs of our own day.
On Sabbath eve, begin here:
On weekdays begin here:
not of form but of essence,
the Order of Service.

Setting the Table:

the best China and silver, adorned with flowers, visible symbols, living word.
a. Three matzos in the folds of a napkin.
b. The roasted shank bone (of a lamb).
c. A roasted egg.
Also a piece of horseradish, a bit of haroses
clay of apples, almonds and raisins, cinnamon and wine
 —a spray of parsley,
a dish of salt water,
a cup of wine.
Praised art Thou, King of the Universe
who kept us alive, sustained us,
brought us to this season, created the fruit of the vine.

Dayenu! It would have been enough for us.

After the Meal: A Madrigal of Numbers
Who knows Thirteen? I know Thirteen: Thirteen
Attributes of God; Twelve Tribes; Eleven Stars; Ten
Commandments; Nine Festivals; Eight Lights of Hanukkah;
Seven Days of the Week; Six Days of Creation; Five Books
of Moses; Four Mothers of Israel; Three Patriarchs; Two
Tables of the Covenant; One God of the World.
The Door is Opened for Elijah.
Next year all men may live together in freedom as brothers.
The Door is Closed.
The question is one of humanity, civilization, and truth.
Note: The text is taken completely from the source, but arranged as a found poem.


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