29 Mar Preparing for Pesach – by Chavi Grossman (Co-Ordinator of Jewish Studies, Primary)
I know that Pesach is a time of the year where many of you will be busy preparing for the upcoming seder. And let’s face it, there’s nothing like a good seder to bring out the passion in all of us. The food, the songs, the stories – it’s all part of the magic that makes Pesach such a unique and cherished holiday. Here at Yavneh, we take Pesach preparations to a whole new level. We believe that the best way to engage our students in the learning is to make them feel that this is their history and birth-right. So, each year level prepares a Hagaddah according to their level of learning. Let me tell you, these Hagaddahs are no joke. They’re packed with interesting stories, thought-provoking questions, and even some cheeky humour to keep the kids on their toes.
The best part? The students get to bring their Hagaddah home and share them around the seder table. And let’s be honest, who doesn’t love a robust discussion? From the storylines to the songs and Divrei Torah, their Hagaddah are designed to spark conversations that will keep everyone engaged and interested.
Of course, we understand that not everyone is a natural-born seder host. Some of you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed by the prospect of hosting a seder that’s both educational and entertaining. But fear not, dear parents, for we have some tips to help you navigate the Pesach waters.
First and foremost, don’t be afraid to get creative. Pesach is all about thinking outside the box, so why not try something new this year? Maybe you could incorporate some fun games or activities into the seder to keep the kids engaged.
Secondly, just like every family is unique, so is every seder. And sometimes our best laid plans don’t come to fruition at the seder table. But what matters is that it is memorable and that we learn something new each year. How amazing is it that a text as old as the Hagaddah has new insights for all of us, old and young, every single year!”
In conclusion, our school’s approach to preparing for Pesach is not only about creating an educational experience but also about helping our students feel a connection to their Jewish heritage. By engaging them in the learning process and encouraging them to ask questions, share stories and insights, we aim to create a sense of ownership of their Yiddishkeit by understanding the meaning and significance of Torah and Mitzvot.
We believe that this sense of connection to Judaism is vital for our students’ overall wellbeing and helps them to develop a strong sense of self and community. When they feel connected to their culture and traditions, they are more likely to be invested in them and continue them into the future.
So, as we begin Pesach preparations, let us remember that it is not just about the food, songs, and stories, but about the deeper meaning and significance behind them. Let us encourage our students to delve into their roots and embrace their Jewish identity with pride and joy.
Chag Pesach Sameach to all!