The Szyk Haggadah


The Haggadah / [executed by] Arthur Szyk (1894-1951); with translation and commentary by Byron L. Sherwin. Deluxe edition (Burlingame, Calif.: Historicana, 2008). Copy 151 of 300. Text of Haggadah in Hebrew with English translation; commentary in English. Graphic Arts GAX 2012- in process. Purchased thanks to the support of Joanna and Daniel Rose, P*01.


“So much of Jewish history passes through the Passover Haggadah narrative and through Arthur Szyk’s Haggadah in particular. This is the work of an artist who combined his two passions - art and history - to the highest degree. In his Haggadah, Szyk illustrated the oppression, enslavement, and attempted annihilation of the ancient Israelites in Egypt, events unfolding again in his own time in Nazi-occupied Europe. His visual commentary on the Haggadah narrative weaves together numerous historical strands of the Jewish people and its heroic confrontation with those who ‘in every generation rise up against them.’ How Szyk expresses his passion, convictions, and beauty awaits your exploration.” —Irvin Ungar, publisher of the Szyk Haggadah


This set includes a new English translation by Rabbi Bryon L. Sherwin; a companion volume Freedom Illuminated: Understanding The Szyk Haggadah; a DVD with a documentary film prepared by Jim Ruxin showing how this Haggadah was created; and a custom-made magnifying glass to enhance the viewing of the book’s illuminated plates.

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