Tuesday, April 8, 2014

the Seder Challenge 2014 III

I like the general approach of thinking of questions that might appeal to Chana and then asking her thoughts.

- Were the Makkos fair?  Is that how punishments should work?  What is the goal of a punishment?

- What is the point of doing Makkos if Hashem promised from the beginning that Pharoah would refuse?  Is Hashem playing games with Pharoah?

This reminds me of the list of questions I made in 2008, when Sarah was... 12, actually!  I wrote each question on a strip of paper, and put one on every plate, and we went around the room and everyone answered his or her question.  I tried to choose questions that could be answered on all levels.  I would LOVE some new questions.

Which mitzvah do you find the hardest?  How does it help you become a better person?

What do you think was the worst part of being slaves in Mitzrayim?

What part of yetziyas mitzrayim do you wish you could see?

What do you think was the hardest part for Moshe?

Which makka do you think you would have been able to wait out?

Which makka would you beg Moshe to ask Hashem to stop?

Which is more impressive, Yam Suf or the Makkos?

Do the mitzvos make us slaves or set us free?

Tell the story of Yetzias Mitzrayim  in your own words

How does having matza and no chometz for a week make you feel about food?

1 comment:

  1. I finally got around to reading this and I'm finding this fascinating. Every year I have been after Akiva to prepare better for the seder, and every year we got some and we lost some.
    This year, he started telling kids "Moishy Stories" for bedtime. Lisping Moishe sells sheep by the seashore, he has a stickasaurus to perform makkos, Paroh is in DeNile, etc. The kids will know the story, but the goofy, lighthearted tone seems to let them refocus on absorbing the info instead of feeling that they have to "learn something".
    Maybe keep it light and humorous, even though Chana is older and should be able to handle text inside/charts/deeper analysis?