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Purim on Pesach: Yiddish Parodies of the Passover Haggadah

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel

It is a little known fact that the Haggadah is the most parodied Jewish liturgical text in history. From as early as the 14th century, Jewish humorists began to use the text and structure of the Haggadah as a framework to create humorous commentary on a variety of issues. As a mass Yiddish press began to develop during the late 19th and early 20th centuries, these liturgical parodies appeared annually in newspapers and humor magazines in order to mock and criticize contemporary political and societal issues.

Eddy Portnoy, Academic Advisor and Director of Exhibitions at YIVO Institute for Jewish Research, will trace the history of this phenomenon, using examples of parodies and the cartoons that have been used over the decades.

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The National Library of Israel

The National Library of Israel serves as the dynamic institution of collective memory for the Jewish people worldwide and Israelis of all backgrounds and faiths – past, present and future. Through its world-class collections and a range of innovative digital, educational and cultural initiatives, the National Library works to share the stories of the Jewish people, the State of Israel, the Land of Israel and its region.
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