Wednesday, May 8, 2013

The Civil War, slavery and the 1863 New York Haggadah

I just acquired a nice old American Haggadah, printed in New York, L. H. Frank: 1863. Printed in the middle of the ongoing war, it makes an interesting note of Jewish Servants. (Yudlov 1189; Yaari 881; Goldman 132)

The final leaf contains the following interesting comment: “On these nights it is customary to allow even the meanest Hebrew servant to sit at table…as we were all equally alike in bondage.”

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