The main mitzvah of Pesach is “v’higgadeta l’vincha” — tell your children. Pesach is the ultimate children’s holiday. It is focused on making them feel as though they were present at the geulah. As we all know, dating back to our own school days, elementary school children create their own haggadah every year.
Rabbi Moshe Waxman has taken this activity to an entirely new level. In the second/third grade Yeshiva of South Shore Cahal class, Yetziat Mizrayim truly comes alive, as Rabbi Waxman focuses on the mindset of “b’chol dor v’dor.” Through active learning and multisensory techniques, the students experience our history and identify how Bnei Yisrael felt as each event unfolded. Then they dress up for each scene, portray the appropriate emotions, and Rabbi Waxman invests many hours Photoshopping his students into actual backdrops to complete the pictures. The results adorn their haggadahs. Divrei Torah are added, important words are highlighted and color-coded, and the children are ready to go. As they present their extraordinary haggadahs and all that they have learned, they become the most important participants at their family Seders.
Cahal is currently accepting students for 2019–20. For more information about the Cahal program and to donate to this great community organization, contact firstname.lastname@example.org, visit Cahal.org, or call 516-295-3666.