Maggid, the Hebrew word for “story,” is at the root of the word haggadah. In re-telling the story of the Exodus, we speak ourselves into our communal past.
A Story About Stories
When the founder of modern Hasidism, the Baal Shem Tov, saw misfortune threatening the Jews, it was his custom to go into a certain part of the forest to meditate. There he would light a special fire, say a special prayer, and the trouble would be averted.