Sunday, April 01, 2018

A Passover Haggadah from the Cairo Geniza

PASSOVER IS HERE: Cairo Genizah Project Reveals 11th Century Passover Haggadah (JNi.Media).
An ancient Haggadah from the Cairo Genizah, probably from the 10th-11th centuries CE, opens a window to the Jewish customs of the Middle Ages: the Passover Seder guidelines are written in Judeo-Arabic (Arabic in Hebrew letters, similar to Yiddish); the blessing for washing hands, “al netilat yadaim,” is expressed as “al rechitzat yadaim”; and this Haggadah follows the Eretz Israel tradition, which disappeared around the 12th century.

For many, many past posts on the Cairo Geniza, start here and here and follow the links.

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