Friday, April 3, 2015

Happy Holidays - And Beware of Babies Wielding Staffs!


"You shall take in your hand this staff, with which
you shall perform the signs.” Exodus 4:17

Lucas took this literally, for himself. Note, this particular
staff has never turned into a snake despite repeated attempts.
Seeing as we are mere hours from ushering in Passover, I will review what we learned this year in our respective schools. Most importantly, we learned that the Ten Plagues are called Eser HaMakot in Hebrew. Another, more familiar, day to day translation of makot is plural for smack, or hit.

Hence, the story of Passover and by extension Easter, is all about ... fighting.

Of course!

I understand many of you may have assumed that Passover and Easter are about deliverance, freedom and salvation. But as babies and boys, we see the inherent battles in any situation, mostly because we like to rumble. And in the spirit of Passover, we have acted no differently. When you strip these stories down to the bare bones, they were all about the fight!

Passover
Egyptians vs. Israelites
Slaves vs. Pyramids
Moses vs. Egyptian Slave Driver
Moses vs. Pharaoh
Man vs. Red Sea
(All Ten Plagues) vs. Man

Easter
Romans vs. Jews
Jews vs. Jews
Man vs. Grave
God vs. Death

All of the above
God vs. Satan

Immediately upon learning of Moses, Lucas adopted for himself a staff, ala Moses (Moshe), which he wields wildly and has carried with him (or tried to) everywhere for the last two weeks. His teacher created a special place for it at school where it was unreachable by children during the day. Certain restrictions were put on this staff (mateh in Hebrew) not the least of which was to not poke his sister's eyes out and to not sleep with it. Ouch.

So affected was Lucas by his newfound Moses persona that he announced that he was going to Egypt to DO the Eser HaMakot. I kid you not. And I agree wholeheartedly that a reenactment would be stunning, replete with special effects and lots of drama, especially on location with pyramids and sphinxes! But mommy and abba dissuaded us from said journey fearing that perhaps it could pose a bit of a threat to the tenuous peace in the region.

While we learned the Exodus story at school and at home, much of our riveting education has come from Prince of Egypt, the movie. We relate to it well, especially the scenes where Ramses and Moses join together as brothers and practically bring down the Egyptian empire, unintentionally, with their naughty games like chariot races through construction sites. Such role models they are!

"Behold the power of God!"
Another thing we learned is that on this night, Passover, we should put blood on our door post lest the angel of death visit the region yet again. Apparently that is no longer practiced, which is cause for fear as far as I am concerned as the eldest baby in this family. When mommy and abba posed the question to us of where (on earth, or why or how) we would get blood for such an act, we thought hard and came up with a good substitute: ketchup! Needless to say, this night has been different from any other night.

All the fighting has been so invigorating and such a celebration of the Exodus and Easter miracles.  Sometimes we get so worked up by all of this miraculous business that Lucas will dramatically slam his staff to the ground and declare: "Behold, the power of God!" 

...as splinters from the wood splay in different directions threatening all in his immediate surroundings and both mommy and abba yell, "No playing with the staff in the house!" Oops.

If you're going to get carried away with anything, it might as well be the power of God. Right?

And so from the basket of little Moses to the the modern life of iPads, the drama of the Exodus lives on for us babies! Happy Passover and Happy Easter, everyone!

Three baby siblings, like Aaron, Miriam and Moses,
conspiring to reenact the Exodus

Raia mostly just laughed at our shenanigans, but I
have no doubt she'll catch up with us some day.


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