Q. I have a medieval Haggadah which illustrates the Kiddush with scenes of hare-hunting. What has this to do with Pesach?
In the Talmud (Pes. 102b), the sequence of b’rachot is given as yayin (wine), Kiddush, ner (candle), Havdalah and z’man (time, i.e. festival).
This sequence is summed up as yak-n’-haz. This sounds like the German, jagt-den-Hasen – “hunt the hare”. As a result, some Haggadot and Machzorim illustrated the relevant page with a hunting scene, even though Jews viewed animal hunting with great ethical disfavour.