Don’t mess with ‘The Boss’

The Ten Plagues in illuminated Haggadot.

By FERN ALLEN
March 29, 2018 16:36
The contemporary figure of a circus-like character being besieged by each plague dominates the rende

The contemporary figure of a circus-like character being besieged by each plague dominates the renderings of the 10 afflictions by artist Eliahou Bokobza. (photo credit: ELIAHOU ERIC BOKOBZA)

 
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For centuries, the Ten Plagues that afflicted the ancient Egyptians have been a fertile subject for the creative imaginations of Haggada illuminators. Through the pages of the Haggada, artists have movingly applied their palettes to relay the visual drama of divine retribution, while graphically depicting pain, pathos, humor – and even horrific beauty. Their unifying visual message: “Don’t mess with The Boss.”

The Ten Plagues will be the focus of the Illuminated Haggada Fair, sponsored by Kol HaOt at the Inbal Hotel in Jerusalem on Monday, April 2, during hol hamoed – the intermediate days of Passover – from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. At the fair, visitors will be able to see a variety of impressive artistic Haggadot, as well as various interpretations of the Ten Plagues. “These will give visitors a dramatic sense of the awesome events of the Exodus story, and how we can re-imagine the plagues in contemporary terms,” noted Elyssa Moss Rabinowitz, Kol HaOt’s executive director.

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