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WALA Pesach (Passover).

When the Israelites were trapped as slaves, Moses went to see Pharaoh many times to ask for the Israelites to be released. Each time Pharaoh refused. Moses told Pharaoh that God would send terrible plagues on Egypt if Pharaoh did not let them go. The ten plagues were: blood, frogs, gnats, flies, blight of the livestock, boils, hail, locusts, darkness and the death of the first-born. The final plague was the death of the first-born. God told Moses that the Israelites should mark their doorposts with lamb’s blood so that God would ‘pass over’ their houses and make sure they were not affected by this plague. This is why the festival is called Passover. 

Jewish people like to celebrate this part of their history.  Passover is a festival that celebrates the escaping of the Israelites from slavery in Egypt, the giving of the Ten Commandments and the journey of the Israelites to Israel. The story of the escape from slavery in Egypt is called the Hagaddah. The Hagaddah is read at Passover during the special meal.

Matzot:  This is unleavened bread. Jews eat this type of bread at Passover to remind them of Moses leading the Israelites out of slavery after Pharaoh’s own ‘first born’ was struck by the final plague. They had to leave in such a hurry that the bread they were baking didn’t have time to rise. Matzot represents this bread.

During this festival they eat off a special plate called the Seder plate.  Have a look at the Seder plate example in the resources. The food they eat represents their feelings.  How they felt when they were slaves?  It is very symobolic.   

TASK:  Your task for today is to design your own Seder plate.

I would like you to imagine how you would feel if you were not at your home.  Include food items that would remind you of home if you were in another country.  There were 6 different foods on a Seder plate representing the 6 different emotions they felt.