Investigating the Jewish passover using the Seder passover meal
paper plates, hard boiled eggs, charoset (see separate activity), celery sticks, romaine lettuce, small lamb or chicken bone (or picture of one), salted water, grape juice.
Prepare paper plates with a small quantity of each of the following items, normally found on a Seder plate. Then explain their meaning, and encourage the children to try the items:
- lamb bone (never eaten, just symbolic) a reminder of the lamb sacrificed in the temple
- boiled egg, a symbol of mourning, mourning for the Isrealites Temple which was destroyed
- celery to dip into the salt water as a reminder of the pain of the Hebrews enslaved in Egypt
- bitter herbs (romaine lettuce), symbolising the bitterness and harshness of the the slavery endured in Egypt
- Charoset (recipe including apples and walnuts) representing the mortar used by the slaves to build the pyramids etc in Egypt
Wine is normally served with the meal so for children use non-alcoholic grape juice instead. This is related to the freedom of the Israelites on leaving Egypt and symbolises joy and happiness.
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