The haggadah is the book that contains the ritual guide to the Jewish Passover Seder meal, along with scripture passages, commentary, prayers, and songs. For centuries the haggadah has been one of the most celebrated items of Jewish literature and art, resonating with people in many times and places who have adapted the haggadah to respond to political and social developments.

Attorney Stephen Durchslag holds what is considered to be the largest private collection of haggadot in the world, numbering some 4,500 volumes dating from 1485 to the present day. Drawing on examples from his collection, he shows how the haggadah is a central element of the Jewish experience, a text that sustains both tradition and innovation, and is a vehicle for myriad expressions of the Jewish imagination.

This lecture was made possible through financial support from the Regional Arts Commission. Learn more about the lecture at slu.edu/x64123.xml

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