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PAGE 12 HERITAGE FLORIDA JEWISH NEWS, APRIL HERr from By Rebecca E. Kotkin so many lessons to be learned, corn flakes) and hide them his rescue by the Pharaoh'sl The theme of freedom isaround the house. We dim the daughter. The plagues are al",By NEWTON, Mass. (JTA)--AII prominent and invites us to lights; and, carrying a candle ways a big hit with childr;,NE' Z M41tland that are tailor-made for chil- slavery and freedom through- final bits of chametz. As we opportunity to act them ou~ | dren. out the world as well as free- find each piece, one child The actual flight from Eg,] equat( bb theJe~ Weenlistourchildren'shelp dora from things thathold us brushesitwithafeatherintoa with the dough that did istheil as we decorate a Sukkah or captive in our own lives. It's a wooden spoon and deposits it have the chance to rise i 1450 S. Orlando Ave booth, lightChanukah candles holiday of traditions and heft- in a paper bag. he pieces will explain why matzah subs~'| falI.Al and sl Maitland, FL 32751 anddressincostume for Purim tage, with a Seder service that be burned in the fireplace the tutes for bread all week DOwn merriment. The Rosh stretchesbackthroughoutthe next morning, and the house this opportunity to prepaY| ebrate Hashanahappleandhoneyare centuries and family customs will be pronounce chametz- your children for what the] de sensory reminders that we that repeat through the gen- free. Seder will be like. Be sure to ] ,r, pa.' Best Wishes should have a sweet year, and erations. Every meal for eight It is hard to imagine a ritual share funny moments frog| Shabbat or the Sabbath is a days is marked by tight re- more perfect for children. We Seders past. Remind them d| tempe lthy jrla weekly opportunity to rein- strict| us, aconstant reminder have a shared goal of finding their roles in the evening.Willl shorte fo their r a Hea force family warmth and to- ofourrelationshiptoGodand all the crumbs. We roam they be saying the Four OUes' [ Neum: getherness.We joke that most the story of our ancestors, around the house together in tions? Will they hunt, or in = grew L Passover Jewish holidays are centered Arrangements for Passover the dark and hunt for hidden some families hide, theodd, if on food, but we cannot deny afikomen? d guess.' that the festive meal shared Passover is a complex an ehildh, from with familyisthe rallyingpoint "It is hard to imagine a ritual more perfectlong holiday. For child, I who will be bringing speCt~i AXneri( Verw' Ofebrations.mOst Jewish holiday cel- for children. We have a shared goal of finding Passover foods to schoO~ Walnut For no holiday is this more all the crumbs. We roam around the house day care, it might be a g t~ floatint ~HTEI true than for Passover. A holi- together in the dark and hunt for hidden time to begin talking ab0U [ Jarsof~ day celebrating freedom, it is what the eating restriction![ all about food (what you must objects. The ceremon!/ of brushing the will mean. What specie| COunteLike n eat, whatyou can eat andwhat chametz into the spoon and bag is performed snacks can be packed? H0,grew u] GROUP you can't eat)ands much of with flourish yet is simple enough even for will your child handle qua:| WhileA the Seder is for the children, tionsfromfriendswh d@U'| Selves, The Four Questions are tradi- the youngest participant. " share this observance? iqa~| onthe] estchildpresent.Wetalkabout how disappointing a spon l speak[ thefourdifferenttypesofchil- traditionally begin thedayaf- objects. The ceremony of cake with a candle can ~[ Over fCr et dren towhom we recount the ter Purim, and the arduous brushingthechametzintothe Remind the children thatt s| Molly ( story of our exodus from sla- process of ridding the house spoon and bag is performed holiday only lasts eight daY| very in Egypt, We hide the ofallchametz(leavenedprod- with flourish yet is simple and that they are sharin,| How AUStral afikornen(ceremonialpieceof ucts) begins. Cleaning for enough even for the youngest celebration of freedom w! i[ I nglis[ Matthew S. Apter, M.D. matzah) so that children will Passover is a huge chore and participant.Andthroughitall, Jewish people all around OWesib Douglas J. Sprung, M.D remain awake and alert strikes fear in the hearts of youcanexplainwhywedonotworld. The craft materl~| her|tag, throughouttheevening.Chil- many. With so much work to eat leavened products such as flashlight stickers paper t~| Whil F.A.C.G F.A.C.P. dren are frequently invited to be done, children donot seem bread and cereal during Pass- wooden spoon markers Present open the door to welcome like an asset to the process, ln over. Once again, a teachable crayons sequins, pompO#~| tion, t Point 1(114) Building Elijah and theywatch eagerly fact, althoughwealwaysspend moment, fabric scraps glue labels fr "l IOO II~ Sybeila Ave. to judge whether the wine the Seders with my parents, The following craft is a kit bread, cookies or crackersP'/ hUStral Sui glass reserved for the prophet mymotherhasadvisedmethat forsearchingforchametz.You bels from Passover foods h| haSso Maitland, FL 32751 has been sipped, we are not actually invited caneitheruseacandleasyour Decorate the flashlight. i[eontineaS finn (407) 628-4949 Fax (407) 645-3776 More so than many holi,until the day Passover begins, light source or decorate a spe- stickers or by gluing onOU; .| After th, days, Passover is one long Apparently, my mother does cial flashlight in honor of the decorating scraps Use tN',"Ah Englan( teachable moment. There are not perceive my three chil- event. Each child can prepare bels from Passover foo Olony dren as helpful in the prepara- his or her own spoon bag make it special for the boll,adUnlpi tions, as well. The Conversation As DecdratethewoodenSP ul,ables. But true to form, thetradi- you work on the craft, youcan with sequins or pornP i[ tions of Passover reserve a talk about the story of Pass- Color the paper baa. place for children as we ready over. Although the Seder is either symbols from theh | our homes for the holiday.The devoted to telling the history day (matzah, kiddush cuP | cleaning culminates with a of the Exodus from Egypt, the to bless the wine) or family search for chametz on basic facts sometimes get lost from the story (Baby Mos | the evening before the Seder, in the songs and numerology the basket, the dividing':i | andourchildrenfallovereach of the haggadah or booklet Sea, the plague of frogS!" other to participate in this used to conduct the Seder. labels from bread, co k!, ,~| ritual. With all our bread, ce- Share an age appropriate ver- crackers to indicate that bagwfllbefilledwithcha ! real, crackers and cookies out sion of the story, emphasizing " ~" of the house and our regular how Moses led the Jewishproducts. . I dishes ritually sold to non- people out ofslavery and into RebeccaE. Kotkinls' a| Jews (to be returned at the freedom. 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