Is there a logical order to the Haggadah, or is it just a collection of ideas/teachings relating to the exodus?

  • In a word - yes. It is designed to be structured in a way that is ordered ("seder") and most educationally compelling.
    – Dov
    Commented Mar 19 at 22:24
  • @Dov How do you know?
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 19 at 22:34
  • @DoubleAA - Bli neder I'll provide an answer tomorrow there are several I have seen in various haggados.
    – Dov
    Commented Mar 19 at 23:01
  • Moshechaim are you asking about the whole Seder procedure, or just the "maggid" section? Or just the story part of the maggid section "tzei ulmad"?
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 19 at 23:04
  • I'm mainly curious about the magid section. the stuff before "tzei ulmad" is there a sequence to those parts? and magid in general..
    – moshechaim
    Commented Mar 21 at 8:47

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See Deuteronomy 6(20-25): that is the backbone structure of Magid.

When, in time to come, your children ask you, “What mean the decrees, laws, and rules that our G_d has enjoined upon you?” you shall say to your children, “We were slaves to Pharaoh in Egypt and Hashem freed us from Egypt with a mighty hand. Hashem wrought before our eyes marvelous and destructive signs and portents in Egypt, against Pharaoh and all his household..."

The details in the middle are built around a line-by-line reading of the Bikkurim declaration Deuteronomy 26(5-11)

You shall recite as follows before your G-d: “My father was a fugitive Aramean. He went down to Egypt with meager numbers and sojourned there; but there he became a great and very populous nation. The Egyptians dealt harshly with us and oppressed us; they imposed heavy labor upon us. We cried to Hashem, the G_d of our ancestors, and Hashem heard our plea and saw our plight, our misery, and our oppression. Hashem freed us from Egypt by a mighty hand, by an outstretched arm and awesome power, and by signs and portents,..."

See the Mishnayos in the tenth perek of Maseches Pesachim for the overall order of the seder.

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