Friday, March 15, 2013

A conversation about Passover.
Morah Katie: A friend who doesn't know about Passover asked me to tell her about it, what should I tell her?
Dena: We eat Matzah.
Morah Katie: Why do we eat matzah?
Dena: To remember that the Jewish people worked so hard.
Noah: That's all they had.
Kian: When they were in Egypt.
Morah Katie: I will tell my friend about matzah.
We made play dough matzah and baked it in our oven for 18 "minutes' (1 2 3 4 5 6 ....)
Morah Katie: What if my friend asks what the Jewish people were doing in Egypt?
Tori: They were working so hard.
Noah: Building.
Morah Katie: What were they building?
Tori: Everything that the king wanted.
Dena: They didn't want to though.
Kian: It was hard work. In Egypt.
We built different types of pyramids in class.
We felt real bricks, they were heavy.
 We tried to imagine what it would be like to build a building as big as our new synagogue - using just our hands and bricks. No one was eager to do it.
Morah Katie: Is there anything else I should tell my friend about Passover?
Scout: We drink 4 cups of wine.
Morah Katie: Yes we do. Why is that?
Dena: Moses had to go to, well I don't remember his name...
Noah: King Pharaoh
Dena: But Moses was scared and he went and told him to let the Jewish people go. Then Moses took the people out but King Pharaoh  was chasing them and then Moses cut the sea.
Noah: And they went through water.
Morah Katie: That is something to celebrate, but how did that happen?
Tori: Moses tapped the water with his magic stick.
Morah Katie: Was it really magic?
Kian: No, it was Hashem. Moses just hit it. And don't forget we eat bitter herbs and salt water because they were sad. Then they were free.
Tori: That's the four cups of wine.
We painted a sea.
Then we pretended we were leaving Egypt.... and we split the sea!

 We completed our week with the leader of the day leading friends out of Egypt, to the sea which was crossed and closed before King Pharaoh's army could cross it.

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