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Most of the haggadot below are in English, some with Hebrew sections. None require Hebrew fonts. Please be aware that many of these haggadot contain God's name and should be treated accordingly.

If you are looking for traditional haggadot, I recommend Laurance Wieder's "Red Sea Haggadah," http://members.aol.com/wiseacrebk/wiederlhag.html, and the Chabad Haggadah, http://passover.net. The latter offers a straight translation of the haggadah in addition to a companion commentary.

For insight into how the seder has been observed in Sephardi homes, take a look at the Sephardi Connection site http://sephardiconnect.com/pesah/haggadah.htm. For example, among North African Sephardim, after the Four Questions are recited, the seder leader would leave the room and come back with a walking stick and the afikomen in a cloth on his shoulder. The children would ask: "Where are you coming from?" And he would proceed to tell the story of his Exodus from Egypt. For an overview of the seder's other customs, see Virtual Jerusalem's seder site, http://207.168.91.4/vjholidays/pesach/seder.htm. For more detail, take a look at Project Genesis' commentary on Pesach, www.torah.org/learning/yomtov/pesach.

There are many online haggadot that represent a great deal of individual effort. Robert Parnes' Haggadah, www.personal.umich.edu/~bparnes/HAGGADAH/seder.html, is a synthesis of the traditional and the modern and is set out clearly with responsive readings.

Rabbi Mark Hurvitz has printed his own "A Growing Haggadah" for the past 20 years and now is making it available online, at www.davka.org/what/haggadah/index.html. He begins with an interesting essay on how the events of Passover have shaped the Jewish people and why the story retains its relevance today.

Another unique version is "The Anonymous Haggadah: A Synthesis of the Passover Ritual and Liturgy With the Twelve Steps of Recovery" by Hershy Worch, at www.jewish.com/download/anon_hagadah.txt. Worch draws a parallel between the Israelites' trek to freedom and the modern-day recovery program used by people to free themselves from various addictions and dependencies.

Once you have chosen your Haggadah, you may want to attend a seder to get into the hang of things. On Friday, April 7, you are invited join a love CyberSeder, at www.emanuelnyc.org/seder/seder.html. Congregation Emanu-El of New York City will broadcast its seder over the Web starting at noon (3 p.m. Pacific time). You can follow along while looking at the stunning images from ancient haggadot on the Emanu-El site, www.emanuelnyc.org/seder/table.html.

If you can't make it for the CyberSeder, there are several very good audio sites where you can listen to recorded Seders. Let's Sing the Seder, www.ou.org/chagim/pesach/pesachguide/kids/kidsaudio.html, has a medley of all the favorites in addition to some new tunes for the holiday. There are also several links to some instrumental versions at Passover on the Net, www.holidays.net/passover. And over at 613.org, you'll find audio how-to instructions for conducting your own seder in addition to offering the entire seder online, www.613.org/passover.html.

Karen Roekard, who now is president of the Oakland-based Aquarian Minyan, has written an interested essay on the evolution of the Haggadah, at www.santacruzhag.com/evolution.html. In the 17th century there were approximately 37 printed haggadot and today there are more than 3,000 versions.

One more of them deserves mention. It's not illuminated. And it doesn't have a remarkable commentary. But for many people reserve fond memories for the Maxwell House Passover Haggadah. According to KosherTodayOnline, www.koshertodayonline.com, Maxwell House (now part of Kraft Foods) has distributed 35 million copies of its blue and white Haggadah since the 1930s.

A Haggadah that's good to the last song.