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The Passover Story told in Braille

The National Library has recently enriched its wide-ranging collection of haggadot with the acquisition of a haggadah understood to be one of the first braille haggadot ever printed.

This haggadah was printed in the United States in the early 1950's, in cooperation with the New York Guild for the Jewish Blind.   Braille haggadot, several of which the National Library already holds in its collection, have appeared in a number of versions: text-only, those with both the original text and with commentaries, and  a third version that also includes stories and songs for children.

While the use of braille books has rapidly declined with the arrival of computer-assisted reading technology, braille haggadot continue to be in demand so that the blind and visually impaired can participate fully in the Passover experience.  Braille haggadot are a meaningful reminder that everyone around the Seder table should have the opportunity to take part in celebrating the Exodus from Egypt.

The National Library wishes you and your family a Happy and Healthy Passover!