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Solomon Schechter Day School, Marlboro, students put on
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Madeline Denker, a first-grader at Solomon Schechter Day School in Marlboro, cries out during a scene in the school                              death. We reveal how.
Passover production. / STAFF PHOTO: TOM SPADER


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                                   last week in the Solomon Schechter Day School
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                                   Passover production, which featured more than 55
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                 Attendees said the play — part of a week of Passover activities at the       2. Monmouth County Police Blotter

                 Jewish school — was more than just entertainment for students and            3. Police: Toms River motorist pulls out fake gun
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                 Wolintz-Fields was among about 200 attendees at the April 11 show.

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                 The production, spoken mostly in Hebrew with a little English
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                 until Moshe helps them escape. As the tradition goes, the Egyptians
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                 recited their lines up to Samara's favorite scene. There, she got to tell
                 the Egyptian pharaoh: "Shalach et ami," or "Let my people go."

                 "The hardest part was remembering all the lines in Hebrew," said
                 Samara, sporting a costume beard for the part. "The story reminds us
                 what happened long ago to the Israelites, so we know how strong they
                 were and we don't forget about them."

                 After the production, attendees joined the children to dance the hora
                 and enjoy a traditional Jewish seder, or ceremonial dinner.

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                                   "Passover basically teaches the youngsters about tradition, culture
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                                   Yoti Yarhi, the head of the school, said most of the students do not
                                   speak Hebrew at home, but learned the words used in the play at
                                   Solomon Schechter.
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                                   learned — and we are teaching them not only the Hebrew, but the                                                  death. We reveal how.

                                   value and the morals behind what we are teaching," Yarhi said.
                                   "(Passover) is all about morals. It's all about family. It's all about
                                   gathering together. I'm so proud of them."
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