In the Foot­steps of B’nei Yis­rael in Mitzrayim

A. Bat Melech; R. David, illus.
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By – November 8, 2013

Part of the graph­ic nov­el series In the Foot­steps, this book fea­tures broth­ers Shaya and Shim­my who are vis­it­ed by a guide from the past dur­ing their Pesach seder and are tak­en through a series of Bib­li­cal events. The guide, Reuven, is an Israelite slave who invites them to come back in time with him and see the actu­al sto­ry for them­selves. With per­mis­sion from their father, they accom­pa­ny Reuven back to Egypt where they observe the Israelites’ oppres­sion and the evil of the Egyp­tians. Many midrashim are woven into the sto­ry, includ­ing the sex­tu­plets born every time a woman gave birth, a malach (angel) protect­ing Moshe as he ran away, the fire in the hail, the sword break­ing as it hit Moshe’s neck and oth­ers. Bib­li­cal terms are translit­er­at­ed into Ashke­nazi pro­nun­ci­a­tion. The illus­tra­tions are bright and invit­ing. All the Jew­ish boys and men have payus, the mod­ern seder has men in shtreimels, and no women are sit­ting at the table. All the women, Moshe, and Aharon are por­trayed from the back or at slight pro­file, but nev­er from the front. How­ev­er, the scenes are explic­it and each plague comes to life through the illustrations. 

This graph­ic nov­el is a fun way for chil­dren to read and learn about the Pesach sto­ry in a relat­able way. Rec­om­mend­ed for ages 6 – 12.

Dro­ra Arussy, Ed.D., is an edu­ca­tion­al con­sul­tant who spe­cial­izes in inte­grat­ing Jew­ish and sec­u­lar stud­ies, the arts into edu­ca­tion, and cre­ative teach­ing for excel­lence in Jew­ish edu­ca­tion. She is the moth­er to four school-age chil­dren and has taught from pre-school through adult. Dro­ra is an adjunct pro­fes­sor of Hebrew lan­guage at Drew University.

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