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Purim on Pesach: Yiddish Parodies of the Passover Haggadah

Hosted By: The National Library of Israel (NLI)

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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