Haggadah, Tunisia, 1920
This is the first page of a Haggadah that was printed in Tunisia in 1920. The Haggadah was printed in three languages: Hebrew, Arabic and French.
In the centre of the page is a Magen David, a star of David, with the word ציון (Zion) at the centre.
According to tradition, the first Jew arrived in Tunisia before the destruction of the First Temple in the sixth century BCE. The community had a rich religious and cultural life and spoke Arabic, French, and Hebrew. During the twentieth century most of the Jews of Tunisia left to settle in Israel and France. Today around 900 Jews live in Tunisia, mostly on the Island of Djerba.
Teachers of Jewish Studies could show this Haggadah, together with others, as examples of different Haggadot from around the world. While these Haggadot demonstrate the differences between the different Jewish communities, they also highlight the similarities in content and illustrations.
When discussing different Jewish communities, this Haggadah could be used to represent the Jews of North Africa where large communities of Jews flourished and mostly co-existed peacefully with their Arab and European neighbours.
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