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Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts

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3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 United States

March 2019

Three Lives of the Sarajevo Haggadah

March 12, 2019 | 5:15 pm - 7:00 pm
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, 3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 United States
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Explore the journey of the Sarajevo Haggadah through three regions from medieval Spain to modern-day Sarajevo. This extraordinary illuminated Hebrew manuscript contains illustrations of the biblical narrative from creation to the death of Moses, in addition to the traditional haggadah text. Now housed at the National Museum of Bosnia and Herzegovina, it was produced in Catalonia in the mid-fourteenth century and may have been taken abroad in 1492 following the expulsion of the Jews by Ferdinand and Isabella. In this…

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A Mahzor is a Mahzor is a Mahzor? Studying CAJS Rare MS 382

March 19, 2019 | 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts, 3420 Walnut Street
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania 19104 United States
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Professor Elisabeth Hollender (Goethe-Universität Frankfurt) will explore a single 13th-century liturgical manuscript, CAJS MS 382, to reveal how the material study of a seemingly ordinary manuscript can shed light on medieval Jewish liturgical practice. Medieval liturgical manuscripts have been studied because of their outstanding features, such as illuminations, unusual rites, their commentaries or because of physical features such as size. Even the critical edition of the Ashkenazic mahzor by Goldschmidt and Fraenkel, although based on a selection of manuscripts that…

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