Shel Pesach is published in its 21st edition and revised
BROOKLYN, NY — Wednesday, March
by Ray Kestenbaum
new Haggadah Shel Pesach with Russian translation is at
the FREE office. The revised edition was enhanced in the
The entire volume, both Hebrew and Russian, was reset in
a clear, crisp typeface. The Russian translation, while it
is based on the original edition, has been amended to read
more smoothly. Detailed instructions have been added for
Haggadah users to follow as a guide to practice, giving the
origin of the customs at every point in the Seder.
A highly interesting, comprehensive introduction has been
added to explain the background of the Passover holiday,
its history and laws. Included is now a letter from the Lubavitcher
Rebbe, Rabbi Menachem M. Schneerson, who felt deeply
for Russian-speaking Jews. The Rebbe accomplished much on
their behalf. The Haggadah gives a practical lesson that
explains the holiday’s relevance to modern times.
The first edition of this Haggadah, put out in 1974, was
a ground breaker and cause for celebration. Says Rabbi
Mayer Okunov, Chairman of FREE, “It was the
first-ever translation of a Jewish work to be published in
the modern Russian language. It was also the first publication
of the FREE Publishing House.” The latter is now an
established publishing house that puts out books and booklets
of authentic Jewish texts and literature in modern Russian.
Reviewed by the Lubavitcher Rebbe 30 years ago, he wrote “It
makes a good impression, and surely it will be publicized
Over two million copies of the FREE Haggadah have since been
printed and distributed throughout North America, Israel,
the republics of the former Soviet Union, Europe and Australia.
The Haggadah became so popular that the Jewish Agency for
Israel has contacted FREE to get its permission to reprint
it and distributed it in large numbers among Russian-speaking
Jews in Israel and throughout Eastern Europe.
“The Rebbe’s blessing has no doubt been realized
beyond all expectation,” reflected Rabbi Yosef
Y. Okunov, Director of the FREE Publishing House.
here to view a PDF of the Haggadah Shel Pesach
Book is available online at FREE
Publishing House Bookstore.
Back to Top