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Disney Israel Presents “The Girl Who Didn’t Believe in Passover”

Once upon a time, there was a pretty Israeli girl named Ariel. She lived in Tel Aviv. All she wanted to do was go to the beach with her friends and have fun, listening to music and checking out the cute, slacker boys.

“You can’t go to the beach on Saturday,” said her mother during dinner one night. “It’s Passover. We’re going to have a seder.”

“Do I have to?” complained Ariel. “The weather is going to be perfect on Saturday.”

“It’s Passover!” replied her mother. “We celebrate our freedom from Egypt. Think of all the good food we get to eat!”

“I’m on a diet, Mom. And seriously, do you really believe that old story? That Moses forced the Pharaoh into “letting his people go” from slavery? How could a bunch of scrappy kvetchers ever compete against the mighty Egyptians?

“It was God who guided them.”

“Right. And then you expect me to believe that with Pharaoh’s army in pursuit of the Israelites, the Red Sea opened up JUST FOR the Israelites, to let them pass through under the sea.”

“You know, you’ve very cynical for a young girl, Ariel!”

That night, Ariel had a wild dream about what happened under the Red Sea so many years ago. And during this dream, she finally learned the true meaning of Passover:

Still need a cool progressive-oriented Haggadah for your seder? Download a cool self-made one by Velveteen Rabbi (Rachel Barenblat).


  1. Shiny

    Nicely tied together!

    I have the Lion King and Aladding soundtracks in Hebrew — so I’m familiar with the way Disney does stuff. Very cool.

    Kind of makes you wonder what you could have included for Chad Gadya doesn’t it?

  2. Scarlet Hip

    Change the name from “Ariel” to “Brooke” and you just told the story of my life.

  3. Memarie Lane

    It’s all so clear now. I’ll have to pass this on to my niece Arielle. She doesn’t live in Israel, but she’s in Utah, which is practically the same thing, right?

  4. Judy C

    Chag Sameach! Thank you for this – it brought some much needed cheer.

  5. Jody

    Thanks Neil! Hope you have a good Passover meal. What are you cooking/bringing? 🙂

  6. Mr Lady

    You are a strange man, Neil. I whole-hearted approve of that.

  7. Nics

    Bon soir from Nice! Have a lovely Passover meal Neil!

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