Monday, March 21, 2011

Rare Medieval Jewish Manuscript to be displayed at The Met

The Metropolitan Museum of Art will be displaying a rare medieval Jewish manuscript known as the Washington Haggadah. It is on loan from the Library of Congress and will be shown at the New York museum beginning April 5th to June 26th.

A Haggadah is the book used at the Passover seder, the ritual meal that commemorates the exodus of the ancient Israelites from Egypt. Although the essential components of the text were established in the second century, the Haggadah was first made into an independent, illustrated book in the Middle Ages.

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