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The Story of the Syrian Haggadah

Malky

This is the tale of a Haggadah that was printed in Baghdad, purchased in Mosul, Iraq, brought to Syria, and smuggled out of Syria to the United States, before finally arriving in Eretz Yisrael.

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

persian designEvery year, on the Seder night, Niflaot Nissim Levy removes a Haggadah from its hiding place, his hands shaking with emotion. Carefully, so that the brittle paper doesn’t crack, he turns the pages and recites the words, “Atah bnei chorin — Now we are free men,” thanking Hashem for all the good He has done for him.

When Niflaot Nissim reads the words “If Hashem had not taken us out of Mitzrayim, we and our children and our children’s children would still be slaves to Pharaoh in Mitzrayim,” he thinks not only about the Yetzias Mitzrayim that the entire Jewish Nation experienced, but also about his own personal redemption — his escape from Syria 12 years ago.

 

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