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David Moss Haggadah

The Goodman Family Judaic & Archival Museum presented framed reproductions of the Moss Haggadah.

The art of the illuminated Haggadah was revived in recent times almost single-handedly by artist and calligrapher, David Moss. In his lavishly illustrated Haggadah, we find a modern reworking of the medieval illuminated Haggadah. Moss says of his work: "I decided my Haggadah would both celebrate and embody the ingathering of our exiles. Just as Israel is drawing together Jews from all our scattered diaspora, so must my Haggadah become a compendium of artistic and literary traditions brought by these communities. In this it is significantly different from a medieval Haggadah, which was always created within a specific local style. By contrast, my Haggadah deliberately brings together the widest possible range of local diaspora traditions. It is neither a Spanish, German, Italian, nor Yemenite Haggadah, although something from each of these communities is to be found among its many sources. Mine is a Haggadah of ingathering."

Above, Moss' theme of ingathering is exemplified in his illustration for the passage in the Haggadah which states that "in each generation each person must see him/herself as if he/she had been redeemed from Egypt." The portraits of the men and women are drawn from the diverse diasporas of the Jewish people through the ages.

Sat, April 10 2021 28 Nisan 5781