The Passover Story for Kids (mini-sode)

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For centuries, families have used a book called the Haggadah, to tell the story of Passover and pass down the traditions and lessons of the story to their children, relatives, and friends.

Because there is explicit suffering and death in the Passover narrative, it is not always an easy story to tell. In this mini-episode special, PJ Library shares a simple, sweet, child-friendly version of the story of Passover, adapted from Exodus.

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The story of Passover is not just a story. It’s a collective remembrance of the Jewish people, passed down for generations. The tale itself starts with an act of forgetting: The new pharaoh of Egypt has forgotten about the history of Joseph and the Israelites in his country, and now he sees them as outsiders. This act of forgetting sets in motion a terrible saga of slavery. Reading the story reinforces a key teaching of the Torah (the first five books of the Bible): Treat the stranger fairly, because you were once slaves in Egypt. Here are a few other versions of the story to enjoy with your family.


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Episode Notes

The main ritual of Passover is the seder, a carefully choreographed meal held on the first two evenings of the holiday. The seder is designed to provoke questions from children and to provide an opportunity for telling the story of how the Israelites were redeemed from slavery and given the gift of the Torah.

Here are some great ways to involve kids during the seder:

5 Ideas for a Child-Friendly Seder
Acting It Out: An Awesome Kid-Friendly Seder Idea
Getting Kids Involved During Passover
Planning a Child-Friendly Seder
Printable Paper Passover Scene
Teaching Kids to Say the Four Questions


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
Theme music: Penelope Alizarin Conley
Score: Peter Moore
Recorded at Palace of Purpose Studios in Malden, MA.
Cover art: Barb Bastian


Narrator, Rita Toomey: Madelaine Ripley
Story Narration: Rachel F. Hirsch