A few days late starting with this blogging project, but I may find myself catching up at some point.  Or I’ll blog a couple of times a week.  We shall see–I’m undecided.

But I’m starting with tonight, as the topic of Learning and Teaching fits in perfectly with tonight’s Post Confirmation class, in which the 11th and 12th graders looked at a few modern tellings of Pesach, and worked on some of their own interpretations.  Using images to understand the story in new ways and then writing Six Word Haggadahs.  Then, they had a choice of activities–to Tweet the Haggadah, make a video, or write a song telling the story.  The results were wonderful, and I’ll be posting much of their work later.

For now, their versions of a 6 Word Haggadah

Once slaves, then plagues, now freedom

God sent plagues and freed Jews

The Jews were freed from slavery

Liberation of Jews; not without sacrifice

Pharaoh! Moses! Part sea.  Jews free.

Once slaves, now free, no bread 😦

We fought.  We won.  Let’s eat.

Moses cried, “Let my people go!”

Slaves they were and exodus began

“What about bread?” “Now it’s matzah.”


About rabbiisa

I'm a Reform Rabbi with a passion for education! I'm also a pop culture fan, political junkie, and NY Times crossword puzzle addict. I am INTP, a proud member of Red Sox Nation, and a fan of the Oxford Comma.

4 responses »

  1. phyllis says:

    i LOVE this!!!!!!!

  2. rabbiisa says:


  3. D. B. Fyke says:

    I love how social media is helping to sharpen composition skills, such as Twitter’s limits of 140 characters to each message posted. This six-word exercise moves along the same line, honing the message in pithy passages.

    There’s other “six-word” exercises out there, like the assignment NPR’s Michele Norris has given her listeners to sum up their perceptions of changing race relations in six words. After the death of Trayvon Martin in Florida, the assignment took on a different tone. She discussed that on Talk of the Nation recently: http://www.npr.org/2012/03/22/149158157/race-cards-six-words-on-trayvon-martins-death There’s there was “six-word memoirs,” examples which can be found at: http://www.npr.org/programs/totn/features/2008/02/memoir/gallery/

    Thanks for this blog and thanks for sharing the “Six-Word Haggadah” exercise!

    • rabbiisa says:

      Thanks to you for reading it!! I find myself fascinated by all the iterations of the six word memoirs. And the race card project is certainly one of the most interesting (and well named).

      And my class had an interesting conversation when I told them of the idea, about the poignant story that Hemingway wrote (perhaps apocryphally) from which the idea was born: For sale: baby shoes. Never worn.

      It’s so interesting how much can be told in 6 words.

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