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 ivc.lib.rochester...
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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. (www.library.yale....).
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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. (www.library.yale....).
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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 Originally made in Spain, this Haggadah probably began its journey towards Sarajevo after the expulsion of the Jews in 1492.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. (www.haggadah.ba/).
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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. (news.lib.uchicago...).
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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." (www.bbc.co.uk/...)
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A 137-year-old Poona Haggadah, used by the Bene Israel community at Passover, was found by University of Manchester historian, Dr Yaakov Wise.
A page from the Poona Haggadah
New American Haggadah, 2012. Credit: Little, Brown and Company. An excerpt from the book by Nathan Englander and Jonathan Safran Foer is at www.npr.org/...
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In Judaism's oldest surviving Haggadot, art becomes text, playing a pedagogic role equal to that of the written word. In the new New American Haggadah, however, text has become art.
If It's Hip, It's Here: The New American Haggadah with Design and Art by Israeli Typographer Oded Ezer.
A Passover text for the modern Jew
Oldest Haggadah, fragment from the Cairo Geniza, 11th c. Credit: University of Pennsylvania Libraries. (sceti.library.upe...)
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Folio 1 recto of Halper 211, considred to be one of the oldest surviving haggadahs. (View Larger)
Ryland’s Haggadah, 14th c. Spain. Copyright of the University of Manchester. The manuscript is fully digitized and can be viewed at enriqueta.man.ac....
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Szyk (1894-1951) Haggadah. Credit: The Arthur Szyk Society. The author and artist of this Haggadah is Polish Arthur Szyk (1894-1951), who studied in Paris in 1920, and immigrated to New York in 1940. Source: (www.lib.umich.edu...)
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Illustration by Arthur Szyk for The Szyk Haggadah (Historicana, 2008), University of Michigan Special Collections Library
Kaufmann Haggadah, Catalonia, 14th c. Credit: David Kaufmann, Library of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences. In this image, three towels are hung over the seder table, and another three towels are hung above the women preparing the meal. More images from the Kaufmann collection are at kaufmann.mtak.hu/...
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French Haggadah, with Islamic design influences, ca. 1870? Credit: Braginsky Collection, Zurich. Photography by Ardon Bar-Hama, Ra’anana, Israel. This Haggadah was written and decorated by Victor M. Bouton (b. 1819), according to Dagmar Riedel (researchblogs.cul...).
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French Haggadah, with Islamic design influences, ca. 1870? Credit: Braginsky Collection. This Haggadah was written and decorated by Victor M. Bouton (b. 1819), according to Dagmar Riedel (https://researchblogs.cul.columbia.edu/islamicbooks/2012/05/08/haggadah/).
Barcelona Haggadah, British Library, 15th c. The Golden Haggadah at the British Library is one of 45 Hebrew manuscripts that have been fully digitized and made available online (britishlibrary.ty...).