Why the Beginning of the Haggadah Is in Aramaic

It’s because of demons.

An illustration from the Kaufmann Haggadah, produced in 14th-century Catalonia, showing Pharaoh’s daughter, wearing a crown of flowers, in the Nile with her two maidservants. On the left a third maiden is opening the basket in which the infant Moses is lying, while Miriam, sitting under a rock on the river bank, converses with her. The Collection of David Kaufmann.

An illustration from the Kaufmann Haggadah, produced in 14th-century Catalonia, showing Pharaoh’s daughter, wearing a crown of flowers, in the Nile with her two maidservants. On the left a third maiden is opening the basket in which the infant Moses is lying, while Miriam, sitting under a rock on the river bank, converses with her. The Collection of David Kaufmann.

Observation
April 5 2017
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