Towards the Eternal Center: Israel, Jerusalem, and the Temple


Scribe: Joseph ben David Leipnik
Darmstadt, 1733
ms. 4452a

During the eighteenth century there was a remarkable renaissance in Germany and Central Europe in the production of Hebrew illuminated manuscripts. Although haggadot were widely available in numerous, lavishly illustrated, printed editions manuscript versions were produced as luxury items, sometimes for wedding or anniversary gifts. One of the most notable figures in the eighteenth-century revival of manuscript illumination was a scribe-artist of Moravian origin, Joseph ben David Leipnik. He produced at least thirteen skillfully executed illuminated haggadot between 1731 and 1740. The illustrations of this manuscript are based on the engravings found in the Amsterdam haggadot printed in 1695 and 1712.