Telling the Story of Passover

Passover is one of the most important Jewish holidays of the year—and it's definitely my favorite! I enjoy sharing the story of Passover because we are reminded that this is a holiday where questions and interruptions are encouraged. We meet four types of children—the wise, the troublesome, the simple and the child who does not know how to ask. These symbolic children help us find different ways to interpret this ancient story.

The wise child recognizes that the story of Passover can be told in many ways, as in Miriam's Cup , which focuses on the ways that Miriam, Moses' sister, was able to change the course of history. Many Jews today honor her by placing Miriam's cup on the seder table alongside Elijah's cup.

In The Devil's Arithmetic, Hannah is a troublesome child who hates her grandparents' seder because it's all about remembering. When she is suddenly transported back in time to 1940's Poland, she learns about her family's history firsthand.

For the simple child who is curious about this holiday, The Story of Passover is a beautifully told version of the story of Moses.

Introduce the symbols of Passover to the child who knows not what to ask, or may be too young to ask, by playing the fun, Passover-themed guessing game in What Am I? Passover

Children young and old will enjoy this creative Passover Rube Goldberg machine, created by students at Technion in Israel.

Continue celebrating Passover in your own way with more Passover reads.