A Different Night classic edition A Different Night compact edition


Our Most Frequently Asked Question:
What’s the Difference Between the Classic and Compact?

The first thing to know is that they are more similar than different. We made the Compact to provide a less expensive (and maybe less intimidating) book for people who either (1) couldn’t afford the Classic; (2) didn’t have time to plan and assign in advance; or (3) couldn’t imagine a seder with a 180-page haggadah. But we had no intention of making a different kind of book.


  • Each is a full-text traditional haggadah.
  • Each contains most of the favorite feature from the Classic: The Four Children section that goes back 500 years
  • Both versions now have a short section on Miriam’s Cup
  • Both versions now have a more gender-neutral English translation


  • The Compact has shed some of the “fat” from the Classic — no donor pages, for example
  • The Classic but not the Compact has the new 33-page Storytellers Supplement
  • The Classic but not the Compact has the Symposium section, with six different discussions pulled from the text “Arami Oved Avi”
  • The Compact, while it retains the favorites, has lost many of the short commentaries, stories, and discussion-starters that are a major feature of the Classic
  • In general . . . The Classic gives you a richer experience, more choices, more possibilities to make each seder different; but the Compact is much easier to use if you plan to just sit down, open the haggadah, and do the seder.
  • If you ask your rabbi, the best choice is probably still the Classic. But if you ask your pocketbook or Uncle Abe, the Compact may be a better fit.
  • Bottom line: You won’t go wrong with either. You can also buy a couple copies of the Classic to use with the Compact; the Seder Planner shows pages for each item in both books.


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