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Students or Slaves?

Posted by on October 5, 2014

This week in Geveret Rogozen’s class, we changed up the lesson a bit. Instead of learning about slaves in Egypt, we actually got to be slaves in Egypt to some extent! Our teacher led us out to the courtyard and  kept calling us slaves. We were also threatened to be punished with infractions even though they all didn’t count after wards, but we didn’t know that at the time. Our teacher, put us to work. We made bricks with clay, straw, and sand. We had to make them absolutely perfect or we would be punished. She also appointed two task masters to give out infractions to the misbehaving slaves. Once we get back upstairs, Mrs. Rogozen told us that all the infractions were fake, but she wanted to give us some idea of what it was like being in Egypt.

At the time the experience felt unfair because we were getting infractions for no reason. That is probably how the slaves felt when the taskmaster whipped them.  Also, we got no reward after doing a brick perfectly and we had to do another one perfectly. It felt horrible to have no control over my life and that is how the slaves felt in Egypt.  This is why slavery is so wrong. Everybody should have rights. Now I have some idea of what it was like being a slave in Egypt and I hope the Jewish people never have to go through something like that again.




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