Szyk Haggadah

The Szyk Haggadah is a Passover Haggadah that was illustrated by the Polish-Jewish artist Arthur Szyk in Poland between 1934 and 1936. Szyk's visual commentary on the ancient story of Passover uses the vocabulary and format of an illuminated manuscript; each of his 48 full-page watercolor and gouache illuminations contains the traditional text of the Haggadah (in Hebrew calligraphy), which is clarified and interpreted by the images and symbols on the same page.

Szyk first looked for a publisher for his Haggadah in mainland King George VI of England, who received one of the first copies.

The Szyk Haggadah has been reproduced in popular trade editions in Jerusalem and elsewhere since 1956. A new luxury limited edition, produced by digital printing and with an updated translation and commentary by Byron L. Sherwin, was published in 2008 by Historicana in Burlingame, California. The documentary film "In Every Generation: Understanding The Szyk Haggadah", directed by James Ruxin,[1] documents the history of The Szyk Haggadah and its contemporary remaking.


  1. ^ , Historicana and JKR Productions, 2008In Every Generation: Remaking The Szyk Haggadah (first of several parts) Retrieved 2010-01-13

External links

  • The New Edition of The Szyk Haggadah (April 15, 2008)
  • , "The Szyk Haggadah, Revived and Illuminated", Gabrielle Birkner, April 18, 2008The New York Sun
  • . "The classic Szyk Haggadah becomes a modern masterpiece of the digital age", Tom Tugend, April 17, 2008The Jewish Journal (of Greater Los Angeles)
  • , "'Szyk Haggadah' Goes High-Tech", Sandee Brawarsky, April 16, 2008Jewish Week (New York)
  • , "Drawing on Experience", Tom Tugend, April 11, 2008The Jerusalem Post
  • , "The Szyk Haggadah", Rollin Milroy, October 2007Amphora
  • , "Illuminated Tales", March 23, 2007Forward
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