DISCOVER

IN EVERY GENERATION

Goal: This target will show your proficiency in parsing the teaching from Pesachim 116b.

Deconstruct the teaching from Pesachim 116b. Examine the piece of text below and de-construct it using the questions below.

בכל דור ודור חייב אדם לראות את עצמו כאילו הוא יצא ממצרים שנאמר (שמות יג) והגדת לבנך ביום ההוא לאמר בעבור זה עשה ה' לי בצאתי ממצרים לפיכך אנחנו חייבים להודות להלל לשבח לפאר לרומם להדר לברך לעלה ולקלס למי שעשה לאבותינו ולנו את כל הנסים האלו הוציאנו מעבדות לחרות מיגון לשמחה ומאבל ליום טוב ומאפלה לאור גדול ומשעבוד לגאולה ונאמר לפניו הללויה


In every generation, one is obligated to see oneself as if they left Egypt, as it is said (Exodus 13), “And you will tell your child on that day, saying, ‘Because of this that God did for me when I left Egypt.’” Therefore we are obliged to thank, praise, glorify, extol, exalt, beautify, bless, etc., etc. to the One who did all these miracles for our ancestors and for us: Who brought us out from slavery to freedom, from sadness to joy, from mourning to festivity, from darkness to great light, from servitude to redemption. And we say before God, Hallelujah.

What part of the text is a direct quote from the תורה? 

What is the exact citation of the quote from תורה? 

There are 7 things in the translation and 9 in the Hebrew that we are supposed to do toward God. What are they? 

According to the text, God brought us from and to five "places." What are they?

 

Goal: This target will enable you to analyze how the teaching of Pesachim 116b, "In every generation, one must see themselves as if they had personally left Egypt" has been interpreted and used in a modern context.

 

Analyze a modern interpretation of the teaching from Pesachim 116b. Begin by watching the short video below.

DISCOVER

The video above draws a connection between the teaching in Pesachim and the IDF. Why do you think the IDF chose this teaching from Pesachim for their video? 

 

DISCOVER

Goal: This target will enable you to apply the teaching from Pesachim to a modern, personal story.

Read a modern, personal story and relate it to the teaching from Pesachim. Read one of the personal stories below and think about how the character(s) in the story lived the teaching, "In every generation, one must see themselves as if they had personally left Egypt."

Imagine you are the main character in the story you read. Explain how you live the teaching, "In every generation, one must see themselves as if they had personally left Egypt."

 

Goal: This target will show your ability to express the meaning of the teaching from Pesachim, as interpreted by Kol B'seder, in an artistic fashion.

 

Listen to the song, "In Every Generation" by Kol B'Seder below.

Now, imagine this song is the title track to an album and you are the album artist. Create an album cover that portrays the meaning of the song in an artistic way. 

PLAY

In Every Generation - Kol B'seder
00:00 / 00:00
 

CREATE

Goal: This target will show your ability to relate a family experience to the Biblical story of the Exodus from Egypt.

Interview a family member about a difficult experience he/she overcame and the new "reality" they found after the experience. Examples may include: job loss, family relationships, divorce, death, stress, moving, persecution, etc. 

Using the notes from your interview, type up your family’s Exodus story. Your story should include as much detail as you can provide. 

  • Who was involved? 

  • When did it take place? 

  • What happened? 

  • What were the consequences? 

  • What was positive about the new "reality" that came from the struggle? 


Then relate your family’s exodus story to the Exodus of the Jews from slavery in Egypt to freedom. Your comparison should focus on these three components: 

  1. Recognizing the urgency for change in your family’s story and in the Exodus from Egypt 

  2. Hardships involved in the process in your family’s story and in the Exodus from Egypt 

  3. The moment of the Exodus on the way to something better in your family’s story and in the Exodus from Egypt.

CHALLENGE

We need not imagine that there are still people enslaved in מצרים - indeed there is still slavery in our world. In this challenge you are going to watch a video about child labor and think about how you can take this lesson of Passover and bring it to life for the sake of these children who are still enslaved.

Start by watching the video below. Get comfy because this is a long video. Then, create a poster highlighting the plight of children who are still in Mitzrayim - a narrow and difficult place.

 

© 2016 by Rabbi David Paskin

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