Wohl kaum ein Bildmotiv in einer Pesach-Haggada mag regional mehr bzw. origineller verortet sein als Störche in einer Haggada aus dem böhmisch-mährisch-ungarischen Raum, der übrigens die Heimat eines Großteils der…
Hardly a motif in a Pesach Haggadah may be regionally or more original locates as storks in a Haggadah from the Bohemian-Moravian-Hungarian space which, incidentally, was the home of most of the writers and illuminators of the 18th century. Perhaps the Haggadah comes even from the area around Lake Neusiedl.
Storks are from our region, Burgenland, not indispensable, every child knows this country that annually recurring beautiful spectacle: In spring, the storks return from the South back into the Burgenland to build here on the chimneys their nests to have a baby, on the tease summer months and strike out south again in the fall.
Approximately 30-40 days after the eggs are laid, they hatch. This year, incidentally, was the first stork few days ago, on 26th of March, To Burgenland, the selection of the image for this year's our Pesachwünsche done so not by chance ;-)
Of course, the beautiful birds seem to have become not only recently become a kind symbol of our region. Already in 1737, the year of our Pesach Haggadah, we find them - almost in Burgenland local color - on the chimney of Abraham's house. The biblical motif of Illustration underlying we already know: Abraham and the three angels in Mamre, An illustration of an anthem in the Pesach Haggadah, which is read at the home Pesach- / Seder on the second Pesachabend afterwards.
An interesting detail we find on the front page of the Pesach Haggadah:
Between Moses and Aaron, we read:
Pesach Haggadah, with beautiful illustrations, all handwritten on parchment with the capitals of Amsterdam, in the year 497 after the small era (= 1737)
Late 16th century, many were MarranenSo forcibly converted to Christianity Iberian Jews who confessed early 17th century open again to Judaism, settled in Amsterdam. Their keen interest in Hebrew literature meant that 1626 Menasseh Ben Israel founded in Amsterdam, a Hebrew printing press, in which not only a lot of Hebrew and Latin books were printed, but in the new fonts were cut. The outstanding quality of these "Amsterdam letters" later made many foreign writers - not quite truthfully - attach the note on their front pages "with the letter of Amsterdam".
But now here is not - as usual - "Amsterdam" with Hebrew letters (Amsterdam), Sondern "Amstelredam" (! Amstlrdm), So the name of the fishing village that had arisen at one erected in the 13th century dam with sluice in the river Amstel.
we do not know, we might read "Amstlerdam" ...
Erev Pesach is always on 14 Nisan, which this year is Monday, April 14th.
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