Haggadah (Haggada, Aggadah; "Tale", in Hebrew)
HAGGADAH (Haggada, aggadah; "tale", in Hebrew)
Ritual reading, during the "seder" meal on the first night of Passover, of the story of the flight from Egypt of the Hebrew people. By extension, designates a non-juridical interpretation of the Jewish law which is read as a kind of instruction during the Passover feast. The Haggadah, whose provenance is the classical rabbinical period, figures in two texts: the Talmud and the Midrash.
SEE ALSO Talmud.