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List: Passover Movies

posted by Nell Minow

Reposting — Hag Sameach! Passover is not just about remembering the story of the Exodus from Egypt. It is about telling the story. Thousands of years before people talked about “learning styles,” the Seder included many different ways of telling the story, so that everyone would be included, and everyone would feel the power of the journey toward freedom. The Haggadah makes the story come alive through taste, smell, and touch as well as sight and hearing, and through the example of the four sons it presents the story to the wise, the simple, the skeptic, and most especially to the young — one of the highlights of each Seder is when the youngest person present asks the traditional four questions, beginning with “Why is this night different from all other nights?”If they had known about movies back in the time of Moses, they would have included that form of story-telling, too. For younger children, The Prince of Egypt and Joseph – King of Dreams are a very good introduction to the story of how the Jews came to live in Egypt and how Moses led them out of slavery. Older children and adults will appreciate Charlton Heston’s The Ten Commandments and the more recent versions of the story, starring Burt Lancaster, and Ben Kingsley.



  • ChatteringMind

    We’ll check out Ben Kingsley as Moses this year while the matzah ball dough is chilling. Thank you, MM.
    http://www.pbs.org/mpt/jewishcooking/

  • jestrfyl

    I have two classics that I keep in my shelf. I have used these with kids, though adults get alot from them too. One is the Rug Rats Passover. It is cute and funny and helpful for understanding passover in a culture that is not jewish. the other is the Animated Haggadah. It is an exceptionally clever, claymation Hagaddah, with all of the parts and voices and stories. I have the companion book for it as well. These are among the few pieces I do not lend out because I am sure I could not replace them.

  • Erica Perl

    I second the nomination of Rugrats Passover. We’re also big fans of the Donny Osmond version of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat at my house, which isn’t a Passover movie per se, but gives context to the whole “enslaved by Pharoah” aspect of the Passover story. It is mega-cheesy, yet when Donny appears singing Andrew Lloyd Weber tunes in flowing robes, it is hard not to get religion.

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Great additions, Erica and jestrfyl! I like Rugrats Passover a lot. I must see the claymation Haggadah! And there’s nothing wrong with a little cheesiness when the story and music are as great as in “Joseph!” Especially when Mr. Purple socks is singing and dancing.

  • jestrfyl

    Nell,
    I don’t know how available the claymation haggadah is anymore (I got mine more than 10 years ago), so if you can’t find it let me know. “Something” can be arranged and a copy sent to you.

  • Denise Thorbjornsen

    Happy Passover to our Jewish neighbors! May you know the Messiah; Jesus Christ, the son of God. Jesus will give you eternal life, by having paid for your sins @ golgotha , Jesus will reconcile you to God. Jesus will be coming back in the clouds with the Holy angels to sever the wicked from the just. Love in Jesus Christ, Denise Thorbjornsen

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Thank you, Denise. Your Passover wishes are much appreciated and I am sure you respect the beliefs of your Jewish neighbors enough that you do not mean to suggest that they should become Christian.

  • jestrfyl

    Nell,
    A Joyous Passover to you and your family!! May this holiday be a time for hope and restoration for you all!
    jestrfyl

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Many thanks to you jestrfyl, and all best wishes for a blessed Easter weekend for you and your family.

  • Michael

    Thanks for the great titles Nell. My favorite is The Ten Comandments. Have a great holiday. Hag Sameach

  • http://blog.beliefnet.com/moviemom/ Nell Minow

    Same to you, Michael, thanks!

  • http://AddaURLtothiscomment jestrfyl

    Passover and Easter are as late as they will ever be. Yet they always seem to come “in the fullness of time”. Blessings and peace to you and your whole family, Nell – and me this Pasover be joyous and inspiring!

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