The creation of the Rose Haggadah grew from Joanna and Daniel Rose’s wish to create something memorable, unique, and enduring with which to honor past generations and their own journey from the old world to the new. It is a Haggadah that unites the artistry of medieval and Renaissance masters with an ancient text and a vision of today.
This new illuminated Haggadah was created in the tradition of those great Hebrew manuscript Haggadahs which have survived the vicissitudes of time—the Barcelona, Sarajevo,
Golden, Sassoon, and Prato. It is fashioned on their pattern, its age-old texts written in elegant Hebrew calligraphy on fine calfskin vellum and illuminated with precious metals—gold, silver and platinum. While its materials and techniques are those of the 14th century, the illuminations were conceived with a 21st century sensibility and awareness of the history, archeology, geography, and customs of the region in which the ancient story is set. The Rose Illuminated Haggadah is now in the permanent collection of The Morgan Library & Museum in New York City.