05 AprPassover Seder

On Tuesday fourth and fifth grade had a model seder for passover. Passover is a holiday celebrated to remember how the Jews got out of Egypt. In Egypt the Jews were slaves or avadim. (Avadim is the word for slaves in Hebrew.) During a Passover seder you read prayers from the haggadah. The haggadah is a prayer book just used for a Passover seder. On Passover you cannot eat bread. You can eat matzah. Matzah is bread the Jews made before leaving Egypt. The bread didn’t have time to rise, so they took it out and brought it anyway. We also eat things on a seder plate. The seder plate has a hard boiled egg, matzah, maror (a bitter herb), and many other things. Each thing on the seder plate represents something about passover. For example, Jews dip maror in salt water to represent the Jews tears when they were slaves. On Passover their were the ten plagues. There were ten plagues because Pharoh didn’t want the Jews to go free, so all Egyptians got the ten plagues. At the end of the ten plagues Pharoh let the Jews free. The ten plagues are: blood, frogs, lice, wild animals, pestilence, boils, hail, locust, darkness, and death of the first born.

At school we do a model seder even though families have one at their homes. All the parents come to the seder and some have parts to do. My dad talked about what passover was like at our school when he was little, since he went to school there. The fifth grade class did a Jewish history timeline. I was given Israel’s Independence Day. That means I was at the end of the timeline. This year was our last year to do a model seder because they stop doing model seders in fifth grade. Today I am baking Passover Jelly rolls with my Bubbe. I always look forward to Passover every year!

Click on the link below to watch funny animations of the ten plagues:

http://www.chabad.org/kids/article_cdo/aid/361604/jewish/Ten-Plagues.htm

 

 

One Response to “Passover Seder”

  1. avatar Morah Liat says:

    What a great description of the holiday of Pesach and our model seder. You gave an excellent explanation of the traditions of Pesach. I just have one correction. We dip karpas (a green vegetable) into the salt water, not maror. The Maror is dipped into the charoset to remember the bitter life of the avadim. I love the fact that you chose to write about a Jewish holiday. Keep on blogging.

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