This delightfully readable feminist haggadah for men and women, Towards Freedom presents a mystical interpretation of an ancient ritual that has great significance and meaning for all who are not fully empowered to be who they are. It is a mystical retelling of the archetypal hero’s journey towards conscious evolution. Beneath the surface of its literal meaning, we find the classic archetypal odyssey of spiritual beings on a human adventure. Using the feminine voice and a wealth of delightful imagery, Heather Mendel offers a kabbalistic interpretation of the ancient exodus from Egypt (mitzraim) which in Hebrew means ‘constriction.’ This is a mystical map we all undertake when ready to leave the restrictions of total reliance on the material world. Like Moses and Miriam, we wander through the wilderness of our inner landscape to find connection, community and consciousness. Introducing readers to the Four Worlds of Kabbalah, through her words, drawings and calligraphy, Heather Mendel explores the mythic symbols of our tradition as she honors the Sacred or Divine energy that is rising from the depths, as we evolve our consciousness to become all that we may be.
Designed as a spiral-bound book for easy use at a seder table, each page, as well as the cover, offer nourishment for the soul, delight to the eye and the promise and possibility of freedom to all who are constricted or limited in any way. This haggadah has been used for women’s or feminist seders all over the world since 1995 and is a favorite story that is read not just at passover (Pesach) but all through the year. A perfect gift for a Bat Mitzvah or conversion to Judaism.
“This haggada is delightful in its text and artwork and should be available for the larger community.”
Riane Eisler, author of The Chalice and The Blade
“I have made a point of sending Heather Mendel’s beautiful feminist haggada to friends all over the country.”
Iris Dart, author of ‘Beaches‘