Workito Breaks the Dishes
Written by: Zehava Goshen & Maayan Ben Hagai, Illustrated by: Eden Spivak
Workito's is a true story; a recounting of how Beta Israel used to prepare for Pesach in Ethiopia:
"A time to keep and a time to throw away"
Just before Pesach, members of the Beta Israel community would throw away their old dishes, in keeping with the ancient tradition from the Land of Israel, whereby clay dishes were broken, and new ones made for Pesach. This tradition was passed on from one generation to the next, and was part of the preparations for Pesach designed to preserve the memory of the exodus
–so that you may remember the day you left Egypt all the days of your life
Reading together, experiencing together
Discussion How do you prepare for Pesach?
Do you have a family tradition tha thas been passed on from one generation to the next? Perhaps you would like to discuss it with your child. You could tell them how you, parents, celebrated Pesach when you were growing up, sharing a family custom or story with them that has stayed with you all these years .About a dish
Do you have a dish at home that is associated specifically with Pesach?
How about looking at it together, and telling its story: Where did it come from? Why was it kept by your family? What is it used for during Pesach?
Illustrations tell stories
What can we learn from the illustrations in this book? Do they helpus imagine Workito's and Almaz's lives in Ethiopia? You may enjoy choosing a certain illustration, looking at it together and discussing which character you would be interested in chatting with, what you would ask this character, and whether you would like to join him/her.In with the newFollowing Workito's story, you may want to touch up items you love that are now tattered or torn. You could draw on an old t-shirt, color an old hat, cover an old planter with a mosaic, decorate some kitchenware, or create a completely new item from a broken dish. Do you like the way it turned out?