Tag Archives: Passover

(Bloody Mess) Expressionist Chad Gadya (Menachem Birnbaum)

My father buys one kid. Cat kills kid. Dog kills cat. Stick kills dog. Fire burns stick. Water consumes fire. Ox drinks up water. The butcher slaughters ox. Angel of death slays butcher. And God, the Holy One, kills the angel of … Continue reading

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Moshe and Sorel (The Pressburg Haggadah of Hatam Sofer)

I saw this 1924 facsimile copy of the Pressburg Haggadah at Marilyn Braiterman Rare Books this year at the New York Antiquarian Book Fair. I’m sure I’m getting details wrong but apparently the ms. was  presented to the Chatam Sofer to … Continue reading

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Domestic Redemption (No Meta-Narrative) (Washington Haggadah)

David Stern explains the difference between the medieval Sephardi versus Ashkenazi Haggadah has having to do with the difference between a more group-national perspective versus a more domestic scale. You can see this in the Golden Haggadah, the Rylands Haggadah, … Continue reading

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Redemption (Brutal) (Brother Haggadah)

This is one brutal Haggadah. I ran into it in Marc Epstein’s new book on the medieval Haggadah. It is the so-called “Brother Haggadah” to the more famous Rylands Haggadah. It’s presumed to be 14th C. Catalonian. The figures in … Continue reading

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Angelic Animal Jews (Birds’Head Haggadah)

I never knew what to make of the figures in the Birds’ Head Haggadah until I read Marc Michael Epstein’s recently published The Medieval Haggadh: Art, Narrative, and Religious Imagination. First of all, and perhaps most obviously, the birds are … Continue reading

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Haggadah (Leonard Baskin)

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My Haggadah (Leonard Baskin & Elie Wiesel)

I grew up in the 1970s with the CCAR Reform Haggadah with the gorgeous prints by Leonard Baskin. Since these were some 20 or so purchased Haggadah, they stayed with my family year in and year out. After my father … Continue reading

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