Sharing beloved traditions with your children is one of the most rewarding parts of parenting. However, when it comes to a major holiday such as Passover, with its many symbols and meanings, this task can become a bit difficult. How can you explain this sweeping story of the Israelites' departure from ancient Egypt to your present-day children? Fortunately, there are some simple ways to explain Passover to your kids that can get your little ones enthused for the holiday.
To learn more about the best ways to introduce Passover to your children, I spoke with Rabbi Karen R. Perolman, who tells the story to children of her Short Hills, New Jersey congregation every year. She has great advice for getting children involved with fun crafts and stories, while making space for the more serious aspects of the holiday as well. “It’s a really great way to remind ourselves of how far we’ve come and how far we still want to go,” says Perolman. “Passover is a timely and relevant holiday to celebrate what happened thousands of years ago and why it matters today for us.” In no time your kids will have a deeper appreciation for the Passover story — and perhaps a newfound taste for matzo pizza.