Illuminations of sacred and ritualistic texts are forms of eruptions. Out of familiar and formulaic script leap the strange and extravagant. Rigorous textual arguments give way to decorative ornamentation. Formulaic words submit to a rich brocade of image.

Thus begins Edward Rothstein’s rave New York Times review of “A Journey Through Jewish Worlds: Highlights from the Braginsky Collection of Hebrew Manuscripts and Printed Books,” an exhibition hosted by our very own Yeshiva University Museum.

Rothstein’s praise only grows more effusive as the article progresses. It’s definitely worth a read, maybe especially for the images of such illuminated texts as a Passover Haggadah and a Ketubah.

And if you haven’t yet seen the exhibit, well, what are you waiting for?

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