Sunday, March 24, 2013

Happy Passover!

Jewish Family at the Seder table
The youngest child asking the 4 questions, starting with, 'Why is this night different from all other nights?', as the Father  eats in a reclining position.
 The Haggadah (Hebrew, meaning, 'the telling'), the great book of freedom, tells the story of the Exodus of the ancient Hebrews from slavery in Egypt. One of Judaism's most popular works of literature, it has been used during the Seder meal of the holiday of Passover, or Pesach, for over 1000 years!

Jewish artists first began illustrating the Haggadah during the Middle Ages. The Sarajevo Haggadah of the 14th Century is a well known example. A vibrant tradition still observed today.

One of the most beautiful and moving of all illustrated Haggodot is the beloved Haggadah of Arthur Szyk (1894-1951). Drawn and first published during the rise of Hitler, the Szyk Haggadah is a triumphant and enduring work of hope and courage, the supreme expression of one artists love for his people and his heritage.

To my Family and Friends, a sweet sweet Passover for All!!!
'Next year in Jerusalem'


Pansylee VanMeteren said...

This is interesting, and informative too! Thanks for sharing! :)

Amy Lilley Designs said...

Glad you took the time to read Ms. P...I love is a celebration and a wonderful tradition. Arthur Szyk, as you can see, was a gifted, brilliant artist...this Haggadah has been painstakenly reproduced and limited editions sell from $8,000-18,000!!!...oh well, I will have to admire his work from afar...XXXXXXX