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or Eliyohu hanovi, was the most popular biblical figure in Jewish folklore in Eastern Europe. The oral traditions of late antiquity established the narrative foundation upon which his image would develop; his name also occurs in proverbs and songs. Elijah is said to make an invisible appearance during the Passover Seder, when a special cup of wine is poured in his honor, and at circumcision ceremonies, when a special chair is reserved for him.
Originally published in The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe © 2008 Yale University Press. Reproduced with permission. The volume is available at https://yalebooks.yale.edu/book/9780300119039/yivo-encyclopedia-jews-eastern-europe
Ben-Amos, D. (2008). Elijah the Prophet. In Hundert, G.D. (Ed.), The YIVO Encyclopedia of Jews in Eastern Europe. New Haven: Yale University Press.
Date Posted: 01 December 2017