Illustration from the Washington Haggadah. There is a custom that a man points to his wife when mentioning maror based upon the verse Ecclesiastes 7:26 “Now I find woman more bitter than death.”

The Washington Haggadah (Hebrew: הגדת וושינגטון) is a Hebrew-language illuminated manuscript haggadah created by Joel ben Simeon in 1478. He was a specialist illuminator of haggadot, who seems to have worked in both Italy and Germany, and whose style shows influences from the contemporary art of both countries.

The book was given to the United States Library of Congress in 1916 by Ephraim Deinard as part of the Third Deinard Collection. Originally referred to as Hebraic Manuscript #1, it has since been referred to as the Washington Haggadah in honor of the city.[1]

In 2011, the haggadah was on display at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York for some months.[2]


  1. ^ Fischer, Audrey & Hughes, Heather (March 1, 2011). "The Washington Haggadah Is Subject of New Publication". News Releases. US Library of Congress. Retrieved June 18, 2011.
  2. ^ Conley, Kevin (April 18, 2011). "Washington Haggadah on display at the Met". The Washington Post – Lifestyle. The Washington Post. Retrieved June 18, 2011.