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For Kids: Passover

Passover celebrates the liberation of the Jews from Egyptian slavery. My favorite Jewish holiday, we enjoy the company of family and friends at our table. As we eat and enjoy wine (or grape juice for the kids), we wait for Elijah to visit us.

Probably not what one would consider a typical seder here in North America, this video captures a snapshot of an Ethiopian family's Passover seder in Israel.

Like most of us, the family makes sure the house is tidy and has matzah ready to go before Passover starts. But how many of us burn the bread crumbs that we find as we clean, and use a candle to check for crumbs under the bed? And make our own matzah? (I want the recipe for that!)

Despite the differences, everything else seems so familiar. The large family gathered around a table, reading the Haggadah, leaving a glass of wine for Elijah, hunting for the afikoman...

This is a good introduction for children to the diversity of Jewish culture and a discussion starter for us in the Diaspora.

Thanks to Shalom Sesame for the video.
"Dessert" in Greek, it refers to the matzah that is hidden at the beginning of the Passover seder and which, customarily, children look for and ransom back to the adults before the conclusion. Hebrew for "telling," the text that outlines the order of the Passover seder. There are many, many versions of this book, which dates back almost 2,000 years. Because we are commanded to expand upon the story, the Haggadah contains ancient interpretations, as well as stage directions and explanations, for the Passover meal. The spring holiday commemorating the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt. The Hebrew name is "Pesach." Hebrew word for an unleavened bread, traditionally eaten during the holiday of Passover. Hebrew for "order," refers to the traditional course of events, or service, surrounding the Passover and Tu Bishvat meals.
Matt Hawkins

Matt Hawkins is a freelance photo journalist who raises his family in Franklin, MA. He is widely recognized for making the area's best latkes and challah.

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