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Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County Purim 5769 Schechter Is A Class Act!
On Purim this year, the whole school will be performing the story of the
Megillah Esther. The teachers will be narrating the story and each class will present a “Class Act.” By a lottery (literally in Hebrew, “Purim”) each class has selected a Chapter (or part of a big chapter) that they will present in a creative way to the rest of the school. Find your class’ piece of the story below. Over the President’s week vacation, your mission, if you should decide to accept it, is to come up with a great idea for how your class can present your chapter of the Purim story. After the vacation, bring your idea into school. All the children in your class who came up with creative ideas will present them to the class. As a group, you will then decide which idea to perform on Purim. Maybe your class will choose one person’s idea, or maybe your class will decide to combine a few good ideas into one act. Then you will rehearse your Class Act. The big rule is that everyone in the class will participate in the Class Act. What kind of presentations will the classes make? Don’t worry about telling all the details. Remember, the teachers will be narrating the story. Your act should be funny or cute and include everyone. You can write a rap, make up a dance, sing a real song, make up new words to an existing song, do a pantomime, or whatever else you can think of. So put on your creative thinking cap and let the great ideas flow!
Your class’ piece of the Purim Story is: CLASS 4P Part 1 - Megillah Chapter 1 In the land of Persia, in a city called Shushan, an incredible story took place and was recorded in the Tanach. It took place many, many years ago. King Achashverosh was having a big party and asked his wife, Vashti, to dance for his friends. Well, being a woman who never dances for other men, she quite rightly refused. “No way!” said Vashti. Not for you or any of your friends!” This certainly made the king quite angry. In a fit of anger, he banished her from the land. CLASS 5P Part 2 - Megillah Chapter 2 Waking up, King Achashverosh realized he was quite lonely. He needed a new wife. So he decided to have a beauty contest. He asked all the women who wanted to be the new Queen to come to his palace and model for him. CLASS 2A Part 3 - Megillah Chapter 2, continued The lovely Esther – some called her Hadassah – went to the palace to try out to be the new queen. Her uncle Mordechai told her not to tell the King she was Jewish. He must have known that somehow Esther was going to help the Jewish people – so she needed to keep it a secret. And, as luck would have it, Achashverosh chose Esther to be the new Queen. CLASS 3A Part 4 - Megillah, Chapter 3 One day Mordechai was sitting outside the gates of the city. He overheard two men plotting to kill the king. Mordechai ran to the palace to let them know. The evil Haman loved to hear people to tell him how great he was. What a big swelled head he had! Mordechai refused to bow down to Haman. This made the evil Haman really, really, really angry. He made gallows to hang Mordechai. The king agreed for Haman to do away with all the Jews in Shushan. CLASS 2P Part 5 - Megillah, Chapter 3, continued Haman went to the king and convinced him to hang Mordechai and all the Jews. How terrible! Mordechai went to Queen Esther and told her she needed to help. “Go to King Achashverosh and tell him to save us.” CLASS 3P Part 6 - Megillah, Chapter 4 Mordechai knew that the only hope for the Jewish people was for Esther to save them! Mordechai told Esther that she must go to the king and tell him that she is Jewish. If Haman goes through with his plan, Esther will be killed with the rest of the Jews. But Queen Esther was very afraid. She fasted to get courage to help her people. CLASS 5A Part 7 - Megillah, Chapter 5 Esther came before the king and he extended his scepter. “What is your wish? Whatever you want Esther. Just tell me what you want and it’s yours.” She told the king that she wanted to make a party for the King and Haman. CLASS 3C Part 8 - Megillah, Chapter 6 Later that night, the king couldn’t sleep so he read his journal. He read about how Mordechai had saved his life by reporting the plot. And suddenly Haman came to his royal bedroom. The King asked Haman, “What would you do with a person who helped save the life of the king?” Haman, of course, thought the king was talking about him! So he told the king to take that person who saved the king’s life around the city on a horse. Low and behold, the king really wanted to honor Mordechai. So Haman had to lead Mordechai around on a horse. CLASS 2C Part 9 - Megillah, Chapter 7 A few days later, Queen Esther held the feast. King Ahashverosh asked the Queen Esther what her wish was. She told king that an evil man had a terrible plan to hurt her and the Jews. “Who is this evil man?” asked the king. Esther pointed and said, “It is HAMAN!!” Well, the king said, “enough!” Take Haman and hang him on the gallows he set up for Mordechai. CLASS 4A Part 10 - Megillah, the end of the story So Haman and his ten evil sons were hanged and the Jewish people were saved! The Jews were happy. They decided to celebrate Purim every year to remember how brave people can help others. They read the Megilah, they give their friends gifts, and they give tzedakah to poor people to remember the great day when the Jews were saved. Hooray!
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