Oxford Jewish Thought

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by Rabbi Eli Brackman

Oxford's Rare Machzor Vitry Haggadah: A Passover Essay


This essay will look at an important Oxford manuscript of the principle text of the holiday of Passover, called the Haggadah, which is read in homes during the Passover Seder dinner on the night of Passover. The manuscript is a commentary to the prayer book, called Machzor Vitry, composed by Rabbi Simcha ben Samuel of Vitry (died 1105), a student of the great commentator of the Torah and the Talmud, Rabbi Shlomo Yitzchaki (1040-1105).



There are only three manuscripts of this work extant and one is found in Oxford’s Bodleian library (Neubauer, Cat. Bodl. Hebr. MSS. No. 1100), in addition to the British Library and Reggio.


The Machzor Vitry also includes a commentary to the liturgy of the Haggadah and… Read More »

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