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.