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A Vision of Purim from Breslau, 1765

Mordechai-and-HamanMordechai’s ceremonial ride in regal regalia on a royal horse through the town of Shushan, heralded by Haman at the command of King Ahashverosh, marks a turning point in the story of Purim. The scribe Binyamin Ze’ev (Wolff Jacob) ben Elyakum Getsel Kats of Kempen, depicted the scene in a manuscript written in Breslau (Wroclaw) in 1765. The original illumination may be viewed on the fourth floor of the Mendel Gottesman Library. The complete manuscript and its story are available online: http://www.yu.edu/libraries/memorbuch/
Happy Purim!

Posted by Shulamith Z. Berger