[Sca-cooks] Passover cakes

Susan Lin susanrlin at gmail.com
Fri Nov 20 09:08:52 PST 2009

I have a reproduction of the Sarajevo Hagaddah (Sephardic, 14th century
Spain).  It is full of rich illuminations.  It also came with a commentary
book.  I've only looked it over a few times and I need to spend some time
really reviewing it.  there was also a fictional book that used the Sarajevo
Hagaddah as it's "main character".  Again, I started it but never finished -
I'm no longer a big reader.  I should though.
There are other websites dedicated to it but here's wikipedia - just the
quick details:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sarajevo_Haggadah

Why is it called the Sarajevo Hagaddah - because that's where it is now - in

On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 10:02 AM, Craig Daniel <teucer at pobox.com> wrote:

> On Fri, Nov 20, 2009 at 9:35 AM, Susan Lin <susanrlin at gmail.com> wrote:
> > Simple is good.  What Adamantius said.
> I dunno, I find the discussion of the specifics intriguing -
> particularly the way they vary from one community to the next.
> It makes me wonder, though, about period Passover. Which of those
> rules were in effect when? Obviously, the proscription against
> leavening has been present since well before the SCA's period, but at
> what time did the rule against kitniot appear among the Ashkenazim?
> How old is the Egyptian custom of avoiding chickpeas? How old is the
> non-gebrokt restriction, for those that observe it? Were there any
> similar traditions found in period Jewish communities that are no
> longer practiced?
> How about other aspects of passover food? The family whose seder I
> attended every year while in college had a tradition of collecting
> charoset recipes from around the world, and serving not only the
> traditional Ashkenazi apple charoset but also favorites of theirs from
> Jewish communities elsewhere, including a really cool North African
> (IIRC) version made with dates and plenty of spices. I wonder what
> charoset was like among different period Jewish communities. Does any
> written documentation about what went into it survive?
> For that matter, what about other details of Passover? Would the
> details of a very traditional modern Haggadah match those of a period
> one? Clearly traditions change - the practice among some Reform
> families of putting an orange on the seder plate is an enlightening
> example here; since we know exactly when it was introduced and by who,
> it's possible to verify that even over a few decades it's changed what
> it means to most of the people who do it. But the importance of the
> traditions of the past keeps these things from happening very quickly
> or very often, so it's only natural that many aspects of the holiday
> go back many centuries.
>  - Jaume
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