the wise son and the wicked son

Tonight is the eve of the Jewish festival of Passover. Traditionally the first night is marked with a big meal – a Seder  – where you recount in a certain order the story of how the children of Israel were liberated from slavery in Egypt (also innocently referred to in the text as the “House of Bondage”) some 3000 years ago. The book used to recount this tale of Exodus is called a Haggadah. I still have my old Haggadah which I bought in primary school. For those days it was rather fab and interactive, rather like a complex pop-up book. My version has a 1954 copyright, so I’m assuming the illustrations date from that time. Here are a couple of the images from the book, featuring a scholarly “wise son” and a rather trendy “wicked son”.



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