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Passover for Kids: How to Explain the Importance of this Celebrated Holiday

As my kids grow older, it has become increasingly important to educate them on the importance of Passover. Passover for kids represents a time for eating delicious and symbolic food from at a seder. However, there comes a time when they must learn the story behind the holiday.

The tradition of Passover arose from the liberation of the Jews from Egyptian slavery. It is considered as one of the most important Jewish holidays, 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 way of introducing Passover to kids and displaying the diversity of Jewish culture, including being a discussion starter for us in the Diaspora.

Thanks to Shalom Sesame for the video.


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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Author: Matt Hawkins