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The Mori­ah Haggadah

Avn­er Mori­ah, illus.
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By – August 20, 2012

The Mori­ah Hag­gadah is the lat­est con­tri­bu­tion to the many dif­fer­ent Hag­gadahs that grace seder tables and library shelves through­out the world. Illus­trat­ed by Jerusalem-born artist Avn­er Mori­ah, this impres­sive vol­ume is a wor­thy link in the long chain of illu­mi­nat­ed man­u­scripts relat­ing the Exo­dus of the Israelites from Egypt­ian bondage almost 3,000 years ago. Moriah’s vivid inter­pre­tive tableaus make the nar­ra­tive of Jew­ish redemp­tion from slav­ery a vibrant, mean­ing­ful and aes­thet­i­cal­ly pleas­ing expe­ri­ence. The accom­pa­ny­ing cal­lig­ra­phy of Izzy Plud­win­s­ki, a cer­ti­fied sofer stam (reli­gious scribe) pro­vides yet anoth­er dimen­sion to the Exo­dus nar­ra­tive by unsquar­ing” the Hebrew script and, there­by, endow­ing it with a more lilt­ing and soft­er char­ac­ter. Final­ly, what would a Hag­gadah be with­out a com­men­tary? Shlo­mo Fox, who was ordained at the Jew­ish The­o­log­i­cal Sem­i­nary, con­tributes a read­able, insight­ful and prac­ti­cal guide to the myr­i­ad laws and cus­toms of Pesach and the struc­ture of the Seder night pur­suant to the Haggadah’s ordered and sym­bol­ic recount­ing of the Exodus. 

This pub­li­ca­tion in mem­o­ry of Muriel Mallin Berman, the first woman pres­i­dent of the Jew­ish Pub­li­ca­tion Soci­ety, is a fit­ting trib­ute to a unique indi­vid­ual and a wel­come addi­tion to the Jew­ish Pub­li­ca­tion Society’s long tra­di­tion of pro­vid­ing the most impor­tant Judaica in the most attrac­tive editions.

Stephen H. Gar­rin is a past man­ag­ing edi­tor of Jew­ish Book World and a past assis­tant to the direc­tor of the Jew­ish Book Council.

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