The Passover Haggadah
  Modern Art in Dialogue with an Ancient Text
      David Moss

David Moss, arguably the finest living Judaic artist, describes himself as, "Illuminator, Animator and Transformer of Jewish Texts, Objects, Spaces and Souls". Born in Columbus, Ohio to a family that was among the first Jewish population in the area, Moss received his education at St. John's College of Annapolis, at the Hebrew University in Jerusalem and at the Jewish Theological Seminary in Manhattan. In the 1970's Moss embarked on a mission for the revival of the ketubah. During the 17th and 18th centuries, hand illuminated ketubot had evolved into a creative religious art form, but over the following two centuries there was a distinct decline in the quality of ketubot in Europe and the Americas. This decline continued until, to quote Moss, "the typical ketubah [became] a plain, printed form filled out by the rabbi, ignored at the wedding and stuck in a drawer by the couple." With Moss' inventiveness, the ketubah once again became a major work of art to be treasured by the married couple, and it was Moss who energized the very profession of the ketubah maker. He then turned to the illumination and illustration of Jewish texts to create what has become know as the 'Moss Haggadah' - a magnificent work which has been reproduced in facsimile and also published in various trade printings. Moss has been involved with various other texts, the production of prints, the design of a hand crafted wooden shtender and numerous other projects. He currently resides in Jerusalem and his workshop is located in the Hutsot Hayotser, a craft center near the Jaffa Gate of the Old City.


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