The Passover Pirate

Claire and Jamie open the door to welcome guests to their seder and Rita Toomey walks in – followed by a pirate! Find out what happens when a bearded scallywag leads the hunt for the afikomen.

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Are you ready for your own afikomen hunt? Make a special afikomen bag to add to the festive nature of the search. You’ll need a plastic zip-top bag, some washi tape or duct tape, and a few markers.


Afikomen bag


To make your bag, simply use strips of decorative duct tape to cover the outside of the plastic bag. Then write “Afikomen” in marker. Now you can add a few stickers or glitter glue or other decorations. Now your afikomen bag is ready for some matzah and for a game of hide-and-seek!


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In the Passover haggadah, the written guide used at the seder to retell the story of the Exodus, there is a section near the beginning called Ha Lachma Anya, in which guests are invited to the seder. Many years ago, Jews would stand at their open doorways and literally invite people in off the street to join in the Passover meal with their family. This tradition of open hospitality is a hallmark of Judaism, a value known as hachnasit orchim or welcoming guests. Here are some other wonderful books about welcoming guests during the seder:



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Episode Notes

Families have different fun ways of involving the kids throughout the seder, from rewarding questions about the Exodus with treats to acting out the Passover story. As Jamie and Claire tell the pirate, the seder can’t end without finding the afikomen, a special piece of matzah that is hidden during the meal. This is also often the domain of the little ones, who race to find the hidden matzah.


Episode Credits

Have I Got a Story For You is a production of PJ Library

Executive producers: Meredith Lewis, Alli Thresher
Director: Alli Thresher
Additional production: Craig Rossein
Website design: Christina Rizer
Audio editing, mixing and mastering: Peter Moore
Score and "Pirate Dayenu": Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian

This episode was written by Danny Paller with Alli Thresher


Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Claire: Nina Sly
Jamie: Cyrus Nations
The Pirate: Peter Moore