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Historic Haggadah

Passover has been celebrated by Jewish communities all over the world and throughout history. These Haggadahs reflect the different cultures and beliefs of the people who made them, and show not only the diversity of Jewish cultures but also the influence of Islamic, European, and American art and ideas on the Jewish communities who lived among them.
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Moravian Haggadah, 1737. Credit: Palphot Ltd., Israel. Discussed by Raysh Weiss in her article "Seeing the Sounds: Exceeding the Frame through the Acoustical Sublime in the Revelation at Sinai" at http://ivc.lib.rochester.edu/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/weiss3.0.jpg

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Copenhagen Haggadah, 1739. Credit: Jewish Community of Copenhagen, Denmark. On the page portrayed here, Abraham destroys his father's idols--a scene that is not usually found in a typical Haggadah. (http://www.library.yale.edu/judaica/site/exhibits/children/exhibit1.html).

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Israeli Haggadah, 1968. Credit: Shikmona Publishing. The artist is Shmuel Bonneh (1930-1999), who was born in Poland and immigrated to Israel with his family as a child. (http://www.library.yale.edu/judaica/site/exhibits/children/exhibit3.html).

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German Haggadah, Offenbach 1795. Publisher: Gedrukt bay B. L. Manash. (http://jhom.com/calendar/nisan/history.html).

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Sarajevo Haggadah, 14th c. Credit: Rabic Publishers. Originally made in Spain, this Haggadah probably began its journey towards Sarajevo after the expulsion of the Jews in 1492. There is evidence of Jewish communities in Sarajevo beginning in 1565. (http://www.haggadah.ba/?x=1).

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Italian Haggadah, 1867. Credit: Durchslag Collection. This Haggadah belongs to Stephen P. Durchslag, who owns the largest private collection of Haggadas. (http://news.lib.uchicago.edu/blog/2012/03/20/archetype-and-adaptation-passover-haggadot-from-the-stephen-p-durchslag-collection/).

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Indian Haggadah, 19th c. The Library of Congress owns a copy of the Poona Haggadah. The Bene Israel community that used it is also known as the "Black Jews of India." (http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-13907225)

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New American Haggadah, 2012. Credit: Little, Brown and Company. An excerpt from the book by Nathan Englander and Jonathan Safran Foer is at http://www.npr.org/books/titles/146920403/new-american-haggadah

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Oldest Haggadah, fragment from the Cairo Geniza, 11th c. Credit: University of Pennsylvania Libraries. (http://sceti.library.upenn.edu/pages/index.cfm?so_id=2242&sequence=481)

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Ryland’s Haggadah, 14th c. Spain. Copyright of the University of Manchester. The manuscript is fully digitized and can be viewed at http://enriqueta.man.ac.uk/luna/servlet/s/m01rmw

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