The Scholar's Haggadah: Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Oriental Versions

The Scholar's Haggadah: Ashkenazic, Sephardic, and Oriental Versions

by Heinrich W. Guggenheimer
     
 

In this unprecedented masterwork, Heinrich Guggenheimer presents the first Haggadah to treat the texts of all Jewish groups on an equal footing and to use their divergences and concurrences as a key to the history of the text and an understanding of its development. While many commentaries have been written on the Haggadah during the last one thousand years - most… See more details below

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In this unprecedented masterwork, Heinrich Guggenheimer presents the first Haggadah to treat the texts of all Jewish groups on an equal footing and to use their divergences and concurrences as a key to the history of the text and an understanding of its development. While many commentaries have been written on the Haggadah during the last one thousand years - most delineating the spiritual meaning or the ritual details of the Passover ceremonies - few historical investigations have dealt with texts that are not wholly Ashkenazic. Available for the first time to the reader is a Haggadah that includes the customs and ceremonies of not only Ashkenazic and Sephardic Jewry, but of Yemenite Jews as well. Additionally, the author provides a commentary that not only offers a key to the roots of the Passover ceremonies and an introduction to the thought and practice of talmudic-rabbinic Judaism, but also presents a history of the development of text and practice of the Seder celebration. While Yemenite Jewry still follows texts and prescriptions of Maimonides practically in their original form, unchanged for at least 800 years, European Ashkenazic and Sephardic practices have undergone many changes. While the history of Yemenite Jews is riddled with oppression and migration, the Moslem rulers of their country never extended their persecutions to Jewish books. On the other hand, the history of European Jews is dominated by continuous pogroms, beginning with the first crusade, and a permanent war of the Church against Jewish learning that resulted in many public burnings of the Talmud and rabbinic treatises.

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Jewish Book World
This edition contains historical and literary commentary on the text of the Haggadah and on customs surrounding the celebration of Passover in the various communities. While Ashkenazic haggadot have many editions, this is the first to include an extensive commentary on Sephardic and Yemenite customs and ceremonies.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781568212876
Publisher:
Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date:
03/22/1995
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
6.25(w) x 9.24(h) x 1.38(d)

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