Today we are going to talk about Judaism, the religion of the Jewish people, which is featured in our upcoming play, The Whipping Man. More specifically, the slaves in this play take part in a religious ceremony called a seder, which is special meal Jews share during the Passover holiday. In many homes, this meal is known as the Feast of Freedom, so it is quite relevant that slaves are having this meal in our play.
I. Please visit these websites to learn about the story of Passover. You will watch a series of videos:
II. Please visit this website to see the 10 plagues: The Animated Ten Plagues
III. Please visit this website to read The Passover Story.
IV. Please look at this vocabulary list of Passover words, and click on any you don't know. They come up in the play.
V. Please visit this website to read about Jewish Americans who had slaves.
VI. Please answer the questions below in Microsoft Word and then post your answers to our blog:
- How is the story of Passover related to the story of slavery in the US?
- What did you learn about the Passover seder? List three things.
- What surprised you about what you learned today?
- How do you feel about the fact that there were Jewish Americans who had slaves and why?