CAPTURING THE MOMENT: Centuries of the Passover Haggadah

The Four Sons

The Torah (first five books of the Hebrew Bible) alludes to four types of children:

“One wise, one wicked, one simple, one who does not know how to ask.”

The duty of the father during the Seder is to tell the story of Exodus in a way that is suitable for each one. The subject of the four sons is a favorite for artists. Illustrations of these figures are present in almost all illustrated Haggadot.

The Washington Haggadah

The Washington Haggadah
Signed by Joel ben Simeon
Central Europe, 1478
Manuscript held at the Library of Congress
Facsimile, Washington, D.C.: Library of Congress, 1991

The Haggadah (Szyk)

The Haggadah
Executed by Arthur Szyk
Jerusalem: Hotsaʾat Masada ve-Alumot, 1962

The Moss Haggadah / Hagadat Shir Ha-Ma’alot Le-David /A Song of David<br />

The Moss Haggadah / Hagadat Shir Ha-Ma’alot Le-David /A Song of David
The work of David Moss
Rochester, New York: Bet Alpha Editions, 1987

February 23, 2017 – June 11, 2017
On display in The Jerry and Bruce Chappell Family Gallery, Perkins Library, Duke University, Durham, North Carolina