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Jews build community through holiday observance and ritual celebrations.
Jewish life is best lived in community.
The Jewish holidays teach us to appreciate the many cycles of renewal and rebirth.
What do you think?
What are some of the important lessons from these Jewish holidays?
How does the idea that Jews everywhere celebrate these same holidays connect me to the Jewish community?
I know the symbols and ritual items used on Passover
Click on each holiday symbol below to find out what it is. Do you know when we use each of these symbols? Do you know what they symbolize?
Create a Passover symbol book with pictures and/or drawings of each symbol and the name of each symbol
I can put the parts of the story of Passover in the correct order
One of our favorite movies that tell the story of Pesach is the Prince of Egypt. You'll have to pay to watch it so ask ima or aba but its worth it!
Click to download and print our Holiday story flashcards. Just cut them out, mix them up and see if you can put them in the right order.
I can use the Hebrew names of the holiday
Passover in Hebrew is פֶּסַח (Pesach). The word פֶּסַח means, "pass over". The name reminds us of how God "passed over" the homes of the Israelites during the 10th plague to save the first-born sons. פֶּסַח is also called חַג הָאָבִיב (Chag Ha'aviv) or the Spring festival since Passover always falls in the spring.
Click to download and print our Holiday name flashcards. Just cut and fold them to practice at home!
Create Passover greeting cards using the correct names of the holiday in Hebrew.
I can match Passover with its appropriate season
Jewish holidays, like פֶּסַח (Pesach), tell the story of the Jewish people. They are also connected to certain seasons of the year. פֶּסַח is also called חַג הָאָבִיב (Chag Ha'aviv) or the Spring festival, since Passover always falls in the spring. Since Passover is all about new beginnings spring-time is the perfect season for פֶּסַח. After a long and cold winter, everything is being re-born. Trees are growing new leaves, plants are sprouting from the earth and fruits and vegetables are beginning to be harvested. One of the symbols on the K'arah (seder plate) even reminds us of Passover's connection to spring. Do you remember which symbol that is?
Create a nature collage celebrating Passover and its season.
I can recite the Passover b’rachot (blessings)
There are so many blessings that we say on Pesach. At our seder we say a blessing for each kind of food we eat. We begin with a blessing over wine or grape juice. Then we say a blessing over vegetables (that's karpas). After the re-telling the Passover story we say the blessing over bread (even though we eat matzah on Pesach.
We don't just say blessings over food - we also say lots of blessings for all of the mitzvot (commandments) we are doing at the seder. There's a blessing for eating maror (the bitter herb), a blessing for washing our hands, and a special blessing for eating matzah.
Every blessing begins with the magic words:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יי אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם
When what we're doing is a mitzvah (commandment) we add these words:
אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו, וְצִוָּנוּ
Play our Passover Blessing Match Game to test your blessing knowledge.
Listen to the Four Questions below and try to sing along.
Listen to Dayeinu below and try to sing along.
I can identify the rituals that we do on Passover
Pesach is full of rituals. The biggest one is the seder!
Watch the video below to learn about searching for chametz.
Watch the video below to learn about making matzah.
Watch the video below to learn about the Pesach seder.
Create your own video teaching about the rituals and symbols of Passover.
I can hypothesize about the values associated with Shabbat based on the holiday story
Middot are Jewish values. A value is a belief or behavior that we all believe is important. Some Jewish values are kindness, bravery and love. You can find a list of many more middot below. Think about all that you've learned about Pesach. What values do you think are important for these holidays? What values to these holidays inspire us to act on? You can print out our list of middot (plural of middah), cut each middah out and create a poster for each holiday celebrating its values.
Write and put on a play telling the story of Shabbat and highlighting the values.