There was a wide range of images in medieval haggadot, from biblical scenes to depictions of seders to fanciful creatures. Abby Kornfeld, CUNY, Produced by Down Low Pictures for COJS
Barcelona Haggadah Barcelona Haggadah, Catalonia, Spain, 14th century. Mnemonic for Passover Stunningly illustrated with people, flowers, birds and imaginary creatures, this prayer book for the festival of Passover is one of the most richly pictorial of all Jewish texts. Meant to accompany the Passover eve service and festive meal, it was also a status symbol […]
King David in a Jewish manuscript Leipnik Haggadah The Leipnik Haggadah, Altona, Denmark (now Germany), 1740. Psalm 116- 8–10 Dressed in magnificent finery, King David kneels in prayer in a sumptuous room in his palace. The harp leaning against the table and the book of Psalms open in front of him allude to his fame […]
Eleazar of Worms, Passover Haggadah with Commentary of R. Eleazar of Worms, ed. M. Hershler (Jerusalem, 1984), pp. 175-176 (Hebrew).
Jewish Mysticism The Holy One, blessed be He, is very great and the essence of His abundant greatness cannot be seen by the eye nor spoken of by the mouth. That which was written in the Sefer ha-Merkavah concerning the measure of the [divine] stature is in accord with prophetic vision… Thus does the glory […]
Greco-Roman Period Among the earliest of Rabbinic texts is the midrashic exposition of Deut. 26-5-8 and some additional passages. It originated in Second Temple times and was adapted for the Passover Seder in the home after the destruction of the Temple. The basic structure is the quotation of phrases from the Deuteronomic passage followed by […]