The Haggadah of Pessach, telling the story of Passover, one of
the principal Jewish festivals, commemorating the liberation
from slavery under the Pharaohs and the exodus from Egypt.
Every year in spring, Jewish families and communities gather for a festive meal, such as the Passover meal pictured here.
The Haggadah is read and events in
the story are symbolically commemorated; matzo, unleavened bread,
is eaten in memory of the primitive conditions the
Israelites encountered during the forty years of wandering through
the desert. Many Jewish festivals commemorate events recounted in
Darmstadt Haggadah; Germany, 15th century