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The Zion Judaica Renaissance Design
Passover Seder Plate
Zion Judaica is one of the world's largest Judaica websites with over 4000-featured items. The company is based in Brooklyn NY and ships to any destination, globally. It is dedicated to providing a wide selection of Judaica from... Read more...
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Free EVO Sprayer Giveaway
Enter to WIN the Evo Sprayer from HIC Harold Import Company (olive oil not included). Designed by the renowned Michael Graves Design Group, the Evo Oil Sprayer's 18 oz. bottle and powerful ergonomic trigger makes it easy to use. Spray oil or vinegar or your choice... Read more...
Lékué Pasta Cooker Giveaway
Re-invents Pasta Cooking
The Lékué Pasta cooker is an innovative new microwave utensil. This ingenious pasta cooker is perfect for cooking all types of pasta in the microwave.
What a time saver. No need to boil water first. Easy to use; Easy to clean; just follow the instructions on the pasta box. No need to break... Read more...
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Yossi's Sweet House
A Purim Basket Fit for a King or Queen
Yossi's Sweet House has been in business since 1995 along with the famous Yossi's Bakery which is located in Boro Park, Brooklyn. The company has served thousands of customers from all over the world. And now, after... Read more...
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New! Hamentashen Cookie Mix
By Red Spoon Bakery
Just in time for Purim, Red Spoon Bakery has announced their newest product, a festive, fun, food! Hamentashen Cookie Mix. YUMM!
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By Ann Koffsky
Ann Koffsky renowned artist and book illustrator is author of the new "must have" children's book "Frogs in the Bed". The paperback is based on the popular song of the same name, originally written by Shirley Cohen Steinberg. In words and... Read more...
The Kafra Haggadah
The Haggadah is the centerpiece of every Passover Seder. Some of the richest artistic treasures of the Jewish people are found in the illustrations of the classic illuminated manuscripts of the Passover Haggadah, some dating back to the medieval period.
Our friend, Estee Kafra, cookbook author, and co-founder of KosherScoop.com has just brought to our attention that her great grandmother Fradel Kahan-Frankl and Fradel's son, Moshe Tzvi, Estee's grandfather, illustrated a magnificent Haggadah, known as the Kafra Haggadah, one that is said to have "dazzling imagery, breathtaking calligraphy and lavish ornamentation combining to create a visually stunning masterpiece in the realm of illuminated Haggados".
The Kafra Haggadah follows in the traditions of the classic illuminated Haggadahs. However, instead of being produced by unknown Jewish artists during the Renaissance, it was produced in Budapest, Hungary through an intense, year-long artistic collaboration between Fradel Kahan-Frankl and her son Moshe Tzvi. The name Kafra (Estee's name) is actually composite of the hyphenated last name.
The Kafras felt the need to create the Haggadah because of a disturbing experience. One day, Fradel and Moshe Tzvi decided to visit the Budapest museum to view the illuminated Kaufmann Haggadah, (14th century, Catalonia) but they were turned away. All efforts and entreaties to view the Haggadah proved futile. Frustrated, they decided that they could produce their own illuminated Haggadah in the classic medieval style.
And thus the Kafra Haggadah was born. Working on 24-inch by 12- inch panels, Moshe Tzvi wrote the text of the Haggadah in a very elegant and stylized form of the traditional calligraphic letters used for holy scrolls. Fradel painted elaborate decorative frames for the pages. She also added artistic adornments to the initial letters and painted many miniature representations of the dramatic scenes described in the text as well as some full page illustrations. The work continued for an entire year, which she often described as one of the happiest times of her life.
In 2011, the family decided to release new edition, which, because of advances in printing technology, is even more vibrant than the first.
Fradel Kahan-Frankl passed away many years ago, but Moshe Tzvi survives her. The new edition is the gift of the family to their beloved grandfather. May he live to enjoy it for many years to come.