March 30, 2006
Flicks and Picks: "A Rugrats Passover"
If you've always wanted a different view of Pesach, this is the movie to watch. The animated Nickelodeon series is about a group of babies who get involved in all sorts of mischief. In "A Rugrats Passover," Grandpa Boris, babies Tommy and Chuckie and toddler Angelica get trapped in the attic during the seder. Boris passes time by telling them story of Passover. As the story continues (and various family members get trapped in the attic, too), Angelica imagines herself as the first female Pharaoh with Tommy as Moses who proclaims: "Let my babies go!" (And just 35 minutes long, it is much easier to watch than "The Ten Commandments.")
Kein v' Lo:
This section of the page is a way for you as a kid to sound off on an issue. There are so many different traditions swirling around Passover that we'd thought we'd throw a whole bunch in this month. Since the seder is about asking questions, ponder these during yours and maybe it will encourage some discussions around the table:
- Should there be an age limit on saying "Ma Nishtana" (i.e., at 18, you shouldn't have to say it as the "youngest")
- Why can't you eat chocolate-covered matzah during the seder?
- If the point of Passover is to not eat leavened bread, is it weird to eat cakes and cookies that look leavened?
- If all these wonderful things "came to pass at midnight," how come you are never allowed to stay up that late?
- Should reggae singer Matisyahu record "Dayenu"?
- If charoset is so yummy, why don't we eat it the rest of the year?
- Should you have a Miriam's Cup on the table in honor of Moses' sister and all Jewish women? (The cup is filled with the water to symbolize the well that followed the Israelites through the desert. To learn more, visit www.miriamscup.com.)
- If we are supposed to free people at Passover, should you have to listen to your parents that week?
- Afikomen: Do you prefer to steal it from the host and hide it yourself, or have the host hide it so you can find it? And on that note, it is right to get a prize for finding it?
We want to know what you think. E-mail your thoughts to firstname.lastname@example.org with the subject line Passover We'll publish your opinions on a future yeLAdim page.
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