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Monday, April 14, 2014

Passover School Projects

The below post was written prior to the tragic events that took place in Overland Park, KS yesterday afternoon. Gabbie was at her dance class get together at the Jewish Community Center when I heard that there had been a shooting there. I had a few minutes of pure panic in which I emailed her dance teacher, tried to confirm the news was true, contacted my husband who was working out at the gym at the time, and finally received a note from her dance teacher that the kids were doing just fine. Dave headed directly to the JCC and picked up Gabbie, who had been in lock down – the dance classes actually performed for the others who were there waiting to be allowed to leave! We are all a bit shaken, but physically ok. The shooting was allegedly an anti-Jewish hate crime, something we never would have expected to occur here or anywhere else, but as we know these things do occur in our world. Three people were killed – at least two of whom weren’t even Jewish, and who happen to be related to one of Dave’s co-workers. Thank you to everyone who thought of us and reached out to make sure we were ok. May we only hear good news from now on.

(Some of this info is copied from my Passover post from last year!)

Passover is starting tonight! It continues until next Tuesday night. I will not be online this week on Tuesday or Wednesday (until night time) and next week on Monday or Tuesday (until night time). Passover is definitely one of the more well known Jewish holidays. It is observed to remember the Jewish people’s Exodus from slavery in Egypt.

The most significant observance related to Passover involves avoiding chametz (leaven; sounds like "hum it's" with that Scottish “ch”) throughout the holiday. This commemorates the fact that the Jews leaving Egypt were in a hurry, and did not have time to let their bread rise. It is also a symbolic way of removing the "puffiness" (arrogance, pride) from our souls.

Chametz includes anything made from the five major grains (wheat, rye, barley, oats and spelt) that has not been completely cooked within 18 minutes after first coming into contact with water. Orthodox Jews of Ashkenazic (Eastern European) background also avoid rice, corn, peanuts, legumes (beans) and some other foods as if they were chametz. All of these items are commonly used to make bread, or are grown and processed near chametz, thus use of them was prohibited to avoid any confusion or cross-contamination. Such additional items are referred to as “kitniyot.”

The grain product we eat during Pesach is called matzah. Matzah is unleavened bread, made simply from flour and water and cooked very quickly. This is the bread that the Jews made for their flight from Egypt. We have come up with many inventive ways to use matzah; it is available in a variety of textures for cooking: matzah flour (finely ground for cakes and cookies), matzah meal (coarsely ground, used as a bread crumb substitute), matzah farfel (little chunks, a noodle or crouton substitute), and full-sized matzah (sheets about 8 inch square, a bread substitute).


This is Simon’s seder plate. “On the first two nights of Passover, we have a special family meal filled with ritual to remind us of the significance of the holiday. This meal is called a seder, from a Hebrew root word meaning “order,” because there is a specific set of information that must be discussed in a specific order.” The bowl is meant for the salt water, which reminds us of the tears of the Jewish slaves in Egypt.

Simon colored this card for us, and made a Matzah puppet.

The following are pages from Simon’s Hagaddah – the special book that we use at the Passover Seders.

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This is Zachary’s pillowcase. On the Seder night we recline on pillows, to remind us that once we were slaves, but now we are free.


The following are a few pages of Zachary’s Hagaddah.


This is a placemat that Gabbie made. It depicts some of the blessings said during the Seder.


Gabbie brought home a Hagaddah as well as a supplemental packet with all the things she has learned about the holiday. As you can see, as they get older, what they bring home from school becomes more advanced!

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We also have a bin full of the kids’ projects from years’ past, so it should be fun this year to use their items, both new and old! If you are celebrating, have a nice holiday!


Janine Huldie said...

I thought you might have been near that, but had no idea how close. Just glad you all are Ok, but so sorry for the loss of a family member of Dave's co-worker. Keeping them all in my thoughts and prayers now. Just awful though and so sad that in this day and age any kind of this prejudice still exists.

Holly Higgins said...

I saw this on the news last night and I am so glad you are all ok! It is so sad that this sort of thing still happens :(

tamarsb said...

These are so fun! I have fond memories of all the pillow cases and hagadot we used to make!
So glad you're safe and hope you can have a relaxing and joyous chag!

Annie @ Annie One Can Cook! said...

Happy Passover, Dara & family--so glad you are all okay!! Continuing to pray for you guys and the victims families.

Tamara Bowman said...

I heard the story - didn't know you'd be so close to it. My heart is pounding. So glad you're all ok. So sorry about the losses and the fear and hate in this world.

What the Schneck - the blog said...

OMG that must have been terrifying waiting to hear back if your daughter was safe!! So sad that hate crimes exist! :(

Dara said...

thankfully I heard pretty quickly, but my husband rushed over there to get her! yes, it is so sad that these things happen.

Dara said...

yes, we are very close. the building is actually where my kids go to school as well.

Dara said...

thanks Annie.

Dara said...

thank you, and yes the holiday was good for all of us to be together!

Dara said...

thanks, and I agree it is so sad.

Dara said...

yes, we are very close, the building is also where my kids go to school! and it is very sad for Dave's co-worker. It was his father and nephew who were killed. :(

Shoshanah G said...

I remember seeing everyone's posts on facebook, but it wasn't till later I realized I actually knew someone in Kansas City. I'm happy to hear that you're family was safe, but hate knowing there were families broken apart by this. So, so awful...

Dara said...

yes it was awful. thanks for the comment.