Piyyut and Pesah: Poetry and Passover
Piyyut and Pesah: Poetry and Passover is an examination of Passover laws found in medieval Hebrew liturgical poetry. While Hebrew liturgical poetry ("Piyyut") serves a variety of functions as a linguistic art form, the genre is not usually thought of as a vehicle for disseminating law ("Halakha").
This study examines five piyyutim, each from a
different locale, which contain laws relating to Passover. It compares
and contrasts the laws found in each piece and notes that they differ
from each other and, in several cases, from normative Halakha. It
suggests that such variants are traceable to certain economic,
sociological, legal, or other factors unique to a particular time and
place and attempts to identify some of those factors.