The Drama of the Passover Story

Haggadah Section: -- Exodus Story

The Locale: Any narrow place, arid.

The characters:

  • Pharaoh - Essentially a stubborn, bossy type
  • Moses - Speech impaired leader
  • God - Gruff but lovable
  • The People - Slightly inebriated

Scene 1: The Wilderness

Moses: Oh look, a burning buth.

God: Behold, Moses.

Moses: A talking burning buth.

God: Put off thy shoes.

Moses: A bothy, talking, burning buth.

God: Go take my people out of bondage.

Moses:Who am I to do thith great thing?

God: I will be with you.

Moses: Who are you, if anybody athkth.

God: I am that I am.

Moses: A yam? You're a yam?

God: OK Mo, call me a yam but the next time you see me burning you better scram!

Moses: A point well taken. See you at Pharaoh's palace.

Scene Two: The Palace

Moses: Lithen Pharaoh, my people, like anybody elthe, don't mind working but they hate being slaveth!

People (in unison): We don't mind working, cause we're no knaves; But don't be whippin' couse we hate being slaves!

Pharaoh: Tough. Nothing personal but my heart's been hardened.

People (in unison): He won't listen, but he'll wish he had!

Moses: God. Lithen. Pharaoh won't lithen. He won't do like you athked and let my people go.

People (in unison): You got to let that Pharaoh know, he got to let your people go.


Let us breathe for a moment and meditate on the "impediments," in our lives: on the physical handicaps with which we find ourselves "stuck;" on excuses we continue to make. Can you find a way to laugh at your own "impediments" as easily as you could laugh during this dramatization?

A Song!

When Israel was in Egypt land,

Let my people go.

Oppressed so hard they could not stand;

Let my people go.


Go down, Moses, way down in Egypt land;

Tell old Pharaoh to "Let my people go!"

We need not always weep and mourn,

Let my people go.

And wear these chains of slaves forlorn,

Let my people go.


No more shall they in bondage toil,

Let my people go.

Let them come out with Egypt's spoil,

Let my people go.


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