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Passover: The Celebration of Freedom

April 18, 2011

Sundown Monday brought the Jewish holiday of Passover, which re-tells the story of Exodus, the Jews enslavement in Egypt and their journey to freedom.

It was fun hearing the many Passover songs and stories that Sophie learned at preschool. One memorable moment came a few weeks ago when Bryan and I were at the dinner table and Sophie was in the bathroom. Out of silence I hear a loud, “Let my people go!” coming from the bathroom. Proceeded by an equally loud, “No. No. No. I will not let you go.” Not what I expected Sophie chanting in the bathroom, but entertaining, no less.

Sophie’s entire preschool put on a fully choreographed re-telling of the Passover story, complete with costumes and song. This was a very special moment for me — seeing Sophie perform on stage, signing with such happiness and enthusiasm.

I had big plans to make a flourless walnut date cake and Israeli charsoet for our first night seder dinner. And of course, I was going to share the recipes and photos with you. But cooking became the last thing on my mind when the flu struck me and Bryan this past weekend. (Was the flu one of the plagues?)

So while I don’t have recipes and photos of food, I’ll share some photos of Sophie’s Passover peformance and all the Passover items she created. Happy Passover, or Chag Kasher V’Same’ach!

Sophie and her class dressed as Jewish people signing “Where is Baby Moses?”

Sophie and her class had fun learning the ten plagues. She was quick to point out she and her friends painted the blood and hail plagues.

13 Comments leave one →
  1. April 19, 2011 12:38 am

    Love the pics! Super cute. Stopping by from SITS!

  2. April 19, 2011 5:47 am

    That is ADORABLE!! Sorry you couldn’t enjoy your first night Seder, but I think Sophie’s play and singing in the bathroom made up for it. Tell Sophie I absolutely love her fancy Afikomen pocket, and the amazing blood and lightning plague artwork! What a wonderful Passover memory you have!

  3. April 19, 2011 6:06 am

    As usual, such cute pictures! You put me to shame. I don’t take enough pictures of my kiddos.

  4. April 19, 2011 8:06 am

    What a beautiful heritage you’re passing on to your daughter, Leah! From the pictures, it seems she’s enjoying the Passover celebration now, and I know she will appreciate it even more when she’s older. My background is Mennonite (my husband’s both Mennonite and Amish), and I used to be slightly embarrassed by it (I didn’t want everyone thinking we drove around in horse and buggies all day), but now I am very proud of my unique ancestry, and I want to pass it on to my children.

    Thanks for sharing this!

  5. April 19, 2011 11:20 am

    So cute… Love the frog and pics!

  6. April 19, 2011 2:42 pm

    Sophie and her classmates are adorable, Leah! Love the photos. Brings back memories. Hope you are recovering.

  7. April 19, 2011 4:27 pm

    Adorable! I love when family faith can be encouraged through school 🙂

  8. April 19, 2011 4:53 pm

    Keep the pictures going Leah!!! What a beautiful memories to go back to! Sophie is adorable!!!!

  9. April 19, 2011 5:52 pm

    I’m so sorry you had the flu. The pictures are adorable. I see kids at the JCC preschool here for speech therapy. The bulletin boards in the hall are full of Passover projects. One class had each child tell what they would take with them when they had to leave Egypt in a hurry. One of the kids said, “I will take my toothbrush. But no toothpaste. I hate toothpaste.”

    Our Thirty Minute Seder was a great success. The pictures in the Haggadah were delightful, especially the ones of the 4 sons. My daughter, who was out of town last year, was not pleased with the Miriam’s cup. She says she likes the Seder the way it’s always been, no new stuff. Oh, well.

    Get better soon.

  10. April 19, 2011 7:31 pm

    Fun pictures … and wonderful family traditions!

    Thanks for stopping by Snapshots 🙂

  11. April 20, 2011 4:33 am

    They’re so cute!

  12. MOM permalink
    April 20, 2011 10:55 am

    I’m glad you and Sophie were able to help us celebrate the first night of Passover. Loved her answers to the 4 questions, too. Sophie will truly enjoy this photo essay about Passover. As usual, you take such magnificent pictures, Boo. Sophie is so cute. Happy Passover!

  13. April 20, 2011 12:26 pm

    That is so cool that your sister’s name is so close to mine! Hehe. I got my middle name from my sweet Grandma, who just passed away 2 weeks ago today. I am so blessed to share her name.

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