This week, I decided that I the kids and I would learn the Jewish tradition of Passover. First and foremost, I want to thank Stephanie at InCultureParent for helping me and answering all of my questions!
In our homeschool we have been studying the Exodus. That is when the Jewish slaves – with help from our Heavenly Father and his Prophet Moses – escaped their Egyptian captors. After many trials, and many many miracles, they reached the Promise Land – and finally had a life of Freedom. This is what passover celebrates.
So, for our art project this week, we made a Seder Placemat – which we will use tomorrow when we have our Seder dinner.
Basically, we just used construction paper to cut out the different foods. We glued them on plates, and then placed the plates on the placemat in the correct order – as Stephanie did in the article I posted above.
As we glued the foods onto the plate, I explained to them the significance of each item.
- Maror – Horseradish (we put herbs on top of ours). The bitter taste represents the hard time the Jews spent in Slavery. This food is placed at the 12 o’clock position.
- Zeroa – Roasted Lamb is placed at the 2 o’clock position. This food represents the lamb that was sacrificed prior to the first passover.
- Charoset – Applesauce is placed at the 4-5 o’clock position. Applesauce represents the mortar between the bricks that the Jewish people used to build the ancient structures.
- Hazeret – Romaine Lettuce is put in the 6 o’clock position. Romaine, being a bitter vegetable – represents the horror of enslavement.
- Karpas – a boiled potato is next. The potato, a non bitter vegetable – is dipped in salt water and represents the tears of those who were enslaved.
- Beitzah – A boiled egg is last. At the time of the Exodus, people were given a boiled egg during a period of morning.
No leavening agents can be eaten during Passover. Instead, Matzah, a flat crunchy bread, is served with the Seder meal. Matzah represents the night the Jewish people fled their Egyptian captors.
The passover celebration is 7 days for some and 8 days for others. Tomorrow (March 24th) is the day before the first day of Passover, and the day we will have our Seder meal. I will prepare the meal and the kids will use their placemats to set up the meal.
In conjunction with this project, we read…
By Miriam Nerlove
This taught us more about the traditions of passover – such as the games that children play.
We are looking forward to learning more about Passover in the coming days. Do you have personal experience with Seder, or Passover? I would love to hear about your experiences!