This week our 3-5th graders are practicing their question asking in preparation for Pesach! We had them look through a section of the Hagaddah, list 3 questions, say what page of the Hagaddah their question came from, and then pass their page of questions to a friend. Then the friend looked in the Hagaddah on those pages to find an answer. Here are their questions and answers!
Q: Why did they want to kill the first born?
A: They killed the first born to hurt Pharaoh so he’d let the Hebrews go.
Q: Why did the people get separated from their husbands and wives?
A: To make them miserable, and so they couldn’t have children that would overthrow Pharaoh.
Q: Was Pharaoh afraid of the plagues?
A: He became afraid after a while. Look at how his face changes on from page 66 to page 70.
Q: If Pharaoh hadn’t been so stubborn, could something have been worked out so the Hebrews could have stayed?
A: They probably would have been able to stay.
Q: What’s a seraph?
A: It looks like a kind of angel.
Q: Why is Pharaoh’s logic so off that he thought the only way to stop the Hebrews from turning against Egypt in the event of war was the enslave them?
A: His logic is off because he is not thinking and stubborn.
Q: Did Pharaoh have them build stuff for him because they needed it or wanted it?
A: I honestly think he just did it to torture the Hebrews.
Q: Why did they do the death of the first born?
A: Probably because it got so out of hand that God had to do something horrible in the end.
Q: Why does Pharaoh say to throw baby boys in the river and not girls?
A: He was afraid of a Hebrew growing up and wanting to be Pharaoh. And only boys could do that job.
Q: Why did Pharaoh sit in his throne during all the plagues?
A: I think because he really didn’t care until the Death of the Firstborn.
Q: Why didn’t the Egyptians stop the plagues?
A: First they can’t do anything because God is making them and second they don’t know when they will come anyway.
Q: How do people come up with what the verses mean?
A: They practiced with their teachers.
Q: Does God truly have arms, limbs, etc.?
A: No! It’s to show that God is powerful.
Q: Why did they split the plagues into three parts?
A: To help people remember them and to talk about them more.
Q: Why did God only do the Death of the Firstborn last?
A: Because God wanted them to suffer the most at the end of the plagues.
Q: What did the Egyptians think about slavery?
A: They thought it was cool.
Q: Why does Pharaoh just put them to work?
A: He thinks they will overthrow him.
Q: Why did Pharaoh give up after the 10th plague?
A: Because he couldn’t take it any more after his son died.
Q: Why did God choose the plagues that he did?
A: Because God probably knew those plagues would be the ones to help them.
Q: Why did Moses turn his staff into a snake?
A: To perform marvels and impress Pharaoh.