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In Melbourne Shabbat begins Fri 23 Aug 2019 05:32 PM and ends Sat 24 Aug 2019 06:32 PM

Prague Haggada

ד' ניסן ה' אלפים תשס"ח

Prague Haggadah 2


A medieval Jewish family at the Seder table. What makes this illustration particularly noteworthy, is the image of the hare on the plate in the center of the table. The abbreviation composed of the Hebrew words, wine, sanctification, light, separation, and time-YAKENHAZ-is a mnemonic aid for the correct sequence of the benedictions for the Seder. It sounds, however, like the German phrase jag den Has (hunt the hare). It was customary, therefore, to include hare-hunting scenes in many illuminated Haggadot. It is most unusual, however, to actually depict a hare on the Seder table itself since it is an unkosher animal and forbidden for consumption.

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Original piece is http://www.library.yale.edu/judaica/exhibits/haggadah/exhibit2.html#image28a

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