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Sometimes, I forget how my crafty inclinations affect my family. Several months ago, when my daughter was bored, my husband came up with an idea. He challenged her to paint canvases as decorations for Pesach (Passover). Specifically, he told her to paint canvases depicting the 10 makkos (plagues). She LOVED the idea. Well, now Pesach is almost here. She didn’t get to paint all 10, but she painted a beautiful set of 6 canvases. Right now, I’m running a marathon of cleaning and cooking and shopping to get ready for the holiday, but I wanted to share my daughter’s artwork. I hope it inspires you to make some of your own, and to think of other crafty ways to celebrate the holiday.
What are the 10 makkos (plagues)?
Dam – Blood
The Nile river and all the water turned to blood.
Tzvardea – Frogs
Frogs, frogs everywhere. I mean everywhere.
Kinim – Lice
No explanation needed.
Arov – Wild Animals
Wild animals would attack.
The domesticated animals died.
Shehin – Boils
Also no explanation needed.
Barad – Hail
Not just any hail. This hail was simultaneously ice and on fire.
Arbeh – Locusts
Hosheh – Darkness
A darkness that became so heavy the Egyptians could not move.
Makos b’Choros -Killing of the First Born
The first born of the Egyptians died. G-d passed over the Jewish houses which had been marked with sheep’s blood on the door posts.
Have a chag kasher v’sameach (a kosher and happy holiday)!