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March 22 - 11 Nisan 5773 - Shabbat ha-Gadol

Here is El Lissitzky’s ‘Had Gadya’ Verse 1. 

Stella’s Verse 1 will appear tomorrow.


Through the use of color, Lissitzky keys the text to the illustration below, perhaps in an effort to make it easy for the young reader to match word to figure. In this first verse, ‘The father bought for two zuzim a kid,’ the green of the word ‘father’ matches the green of the father’s face, while the yellow of the word ‘kid’ matches the yellow of the kid.  Zuzim were silver coins; each zuz was worth a quarter of a silver shekel.

– by Arnold Band in facsimile of Had Gadya published by Getty Research Institute

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