In just a week or so, many will  prepare to observe Passover/Pesach (פסח)! Every year prior to the Feast, we re-read the story, study the life of the ancient Israelites, and complete crafts, activities, and make recipes as we get ready.

My sons are already familiar with this story: the redemption of Israel/Yisrael (ישראל) from Egypt/Mitzrayim (מצרים), the 10 Plagues, and what Israel/Yisrael needed to be “passed over” from death. So, in this retelling of the Pesach Story, I wanted to dive deeper in Torah and see if they could infer some repetitions and explain why. By all means,  glean some lessons and activities from us to incorporate in your home/homeschool before Pesach begins!

Day 1 

Torah Time

We read Exodus 12:1-20 orally as a family in English and Hebrew. For this passage we focused on answering the following questions:

  • Where is the first time Passover/Pesach is mentioned in the Torah?
  • What was Yah planning to do on the night of Passover/Pesach?
  • What was the judgment of Egypt/Mitzrayim?

Hebrew Word Study

We used these Magnetic Hebrew Letters on our dry erase board to create key words I wanted the boys to study. (I wrote the vowels underneath the letters so they could read and try to determine meaning from any familiar roots). We studied the following words:

  • Passover
  • Memorial
  • Feast
  • Forever
  • Unleavened

Hands-On Learning

After our studies were over, we headed to the kitchen to add a little Science to our day. But before we got our own hands dirty, we watched this short video on yeast (leaven). To wrap up, we brainstormed popular foods made of baking soda and yeast with our Leavened Foods Chart. {Inside the Passover Activities Packet.}

We moved on with a two-bowl demonstration of two leavening agents: baking powder and yeast (because I had it on hand already).

The boys had the opportunity to see both leavening agents do its job in RISING (Oh, the faces!) 🙂

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Warm water is in the center. I just added a little to each cup.

DAY 2

Torah Time

We read Exodus 12:21-49 orally as a family in English and Hebrew. For this passage we focused on answering the following questions:

  • How long was/is this service to be kept?
  • Why was/is this service to be kept?
  • Where was/is the Passover/Pesach meal to be eaten?
  • What applied the same to all people/mixed multitude?

Hebrew Word Study

 We studied the following words in Hebrew with our letter magnets:

  • Service
  • Sacrifice
  • Stranger
  • Circumcision

Hands-On Learning

It’s baking time! We made two batches of dough; one with leaven and one without. We used our science inquiry sheet, To Yeast or Not to Yeast, for them to make their predictions and illustrations. They predicted accurately! And now we all know why our favorite baked goods have leaven (even though for Passover/Pesach, it’s a food we avoid).

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We compared the dough of both the unleavened and the leavened bread!

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We waited for the unleavened bread to rise. Then, I kneaded and braided the dough to make challah.

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After the bread was baked, they added their results on the science inquiry sheet/ (My son added parsley to the bread in case you’re wondering what the “green stuff” is.)

DAY 3

Torah Time

We read Exodus 13:1-16 to hear the commands of the Passover/Pesach Feast again. I particularly like verse 9 as it is very similar to another verse we love and have dedicated to memory. I really appreciate how the Most High consistently gives us commands, reminders of such commands, and tells us how we can “sign” them or “bind” them to us. (I know my boys’ tzit-tzyot really help them remember! So, I am grateful.)

Hebrew Word Study

We studied the following words in Hebrew with our letter magnets:

  • Ram
  • Bull
  • Lamb
  • Goat

Hands-On Learning

We added in some calendar math by using our Pesach Calendar so the boys could understand how to count the days. We also labeled when Pesach begins, when the Feast of Unleavened Bread begins and ends, and made small illustrations to represent “no leaven” and “no work” days. We really had fun counting! They are really seeing how easy it is to be obedient. Not that life is never difficult; but that the Creator never meant for His Torah/Feast Days/Commands to be burdensome for/to us. Once we understand, it’s quite a pleasure to please Him! {Calendar is inside the Passover Activities Packet.}

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I snapped a few shots of them working so diligently on their Pesach Plates and Pesach Math!

DAY 4

Torah Time

Exodus 34:18-20, Leviticus 23:4-8, and Numbers 9:1-14; 28:16-25;33:3 orally as a family in English and Hebrew. For this passage we focused on other mentions of Passover/Pesach and the Feast of Unleavened Bread and knowing when the Israelites left Mitzrayim. We addressed the following questions:

  • What foods are required in the Passover/Pesach meal?
  • What happens if an Israelite is unclean for Passover/Pesach?
  • What is another name for unleavened bread in Scripture?

Hebrew Word Study

  • Unclean
  • Affliction

Did you know that unleavened bread is also called the bread of affliction in Torah? Wow! That really hit home for us. We already understood the haste in having to leave Egypt/Mitzrayim, which is why the bread is flat/unleavened. But it never dawned on us that the unleavened bread would also be a reminder of the affliction the Israelites endured in Egypt/Mitzrayim. If you know anything about the Biblical parallels of Egypt/Mitzrayim and America, this is so chilling! We too, have been afflicted in this country as a people since our arrival. So, for Passover/Pesach we can not only remember our Biblical ancestors of the Covenant who were afflicted in Egypt/Mitzrayim; but also our ancestors who were afflicted in bondage in the Americas.

Hands-On Learning

First, we had a little fun combining some basic addition and fractions to our Torah reading with our Pesach Math. Last, we made a Pesach Plate according to Exodus 12 (lamb, unleavened bread, and bitter herbs). {Pesach Math and Pesach Plate are inside the Passover Activities Packet.}

DAY 5

Bible Study

We focused on the Haftarah by reading Joshua 5:1-12, 2 Kings 22 and 23, and 2 Chronicles 30. These are other places in Scripture where the Passover/Pesach is mentioned outside of Torah. I wanted them to address the following questions:

  • What day did the Israelites cross the Jordan River?
  • When Josiah became king, how long had it been since Passover/Pesach was observed?
  • How was the Feast celebrated (specifically in 1 Chronicles and Ezra)?

DAY 6

Bible Study

The next day we wrapped up by seeking the Scriptures to learn if there were any passages in the New Testament that spoke of the Passover and we found a few! {And once you study the Scriptures, you learn that the Messiah did not die on Friday!} Last, we discussed Passover/Pesach in the prophecy (Ezekiel 45:21-25) and focused on this last key questions:

  • Is the Feast in the future temple celebrated the same or differently from Yah’s original command found in the Torah?

I mentioned 5 worksheets (bolded words above) that we used to study Passover together. The complete Passover Activities Packet is in my store for $7! If you’d like to complete the activities we did, you can purchase your copy today in the Shop.

Well, that’s all for us. We have to finish getting our homes and hearts in order for Pesach!

Blessings,