Although the Haggadah has existed in some form since early rabbinic times, it was only at the beginning of the 14th century that the Haggadah became a separate book in the form of a manuscript. From that time until the present, the Haggadah has been produced and published in many rich and varied forms.
This lecture will review the evolution of this large variety of Haggadot in manuscript form and printed ones. Both the textual content as well as the rich illuminations and illustrations will be discussed and displayed in the lecture utilizing digital slides. The differences between the Sephardi and Ashkenazi rites will be demonstrated.
The relationship to Christian iconography will also be discussed and how Jews reacted, in the production of the Haggadot, to anti-Jewish Christian attitudes in the medieval period and again in the 20th century with the rise to power of Hitler.
Cyril Mazansky and family have been members of Temple Emanuel for over 40 years. He is a retired radiologist and has always been interested in studying Jewish history and religion from a scholarly perspective. Cyril has been collecting Haggadot for many years. This lecture and Haggadot display in the Sisterhood TE museum windows are based on some items in Cyril’s collection.
This talk is held in conjunction with the Sisterhood TE Museum exhibit of “Illuminated Haggadot.”
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