The Other Side of the Sea

T’ruah’s haggadah on fighting modern slavery features

  • An engaging examination of modern slavery, with classical and contemporary texts, including
    • how we can end it,
    • how we support its survivors, and
    • how we understand it religiously and spiritually.
  • Three dozen side-commentaries by rabbis, activists, and survivors of human trafficking, which offer a diverse array of personal perspectives on the topic.
  • Original artwork by trafficking survivors.
  • Updated statistics on the Fair Food Program for 2016.


The haggadah is available in three versions:

1. Full haggadah for online readingeasily look through all 62 pages to see what inspires you.

2. Download a print-ready version of the full haggadah. Set your printer to “double-sided (flip on long edge),” then fold the printout in half and staple in the center for a ready-to-go haggadah. (Printer settings vary slightly; we recommend printing a test page or two before you print the whole haggadah.)

You also have the option of ordering a beautifully printed and bound copy from T’ruah; click here to order.

3. Download one or more sections to share with guests at your seder:

Introduction Motivational reflection on creating this haggadah by Rabbi Rachel Kahn-Troster, plus a guide to using it.
Kadesh/Ur’chatz Reflections on human agency and making Ur’chatz feel like a holy ritual.
Karpas A new take on two dippings.
Yachatz Which half of the matzah are you saving for your Afikoman?
4 Questions, 4 Children What’s different tonight–and what isn’t–and what do we wish were different?
The Legacy of American Slavery Taking “In the beginning, our ancestors worshipped idols” as a starting point, explore the history of American slavery up to today through images and text.
Tzeh Ul’mad Modern slavery around the world.
Ten Plagues How many ways does being enslaved affect a person’s life?
Dayeinu What’s this song really about?
Rabban Gamliel and “In Every Generation” What is our obligation today? And what’s this tomato on our seder plate? Incorporates material from T’ruah’s “A Tomato On The Seder Plate” resource.
Rachtzah/Motzi Matzah What partnerships does it take for us to end slavery?
Maror What’s it feel like to be enslaved?
Korech Listening to the voices of survivors as they remake their lives, combining bitter and sweet.
Shulchan Orech/ Tzafun/Barech What’s the hidden world you want to see? Plus a brief text study on the shortest birkat hamazon you can say.
Opening the door Elijah and Miriam, and a new interpretation of Shfoch chamat’cha.
Hallel Songs that sustain activists.
Nirtzah Committing to action–what we can do to end slavery.
Appendix Modern Slavery 101–your basic facts and figures.