Robin Williams tells the Passover story, and it’s hilarious!

by Leah Rosenberg

Robin Williams

Robin Williams, was born in 1951, in Chicago. Famously known for being a stand up comedian and playing the voice of the Genie, in Disney’s movie Aladdin. Williams is also known for his acting in Dead Poets Society, Good Morning Vietnam, Hook, and Mrs. Doubtfire. The list of movies is endless.

After moving around, due to his father’s work, they finally settled in California in 1967, when his father retired. In 1973, Williams attended the famous Juilliard, a performing art school in New York City. He left Juilliard in 1976, during his junior year, at the suggestion of the Director of the School, as he felt there was nothing more for Juilliard to teach Williams.

Robin Williams commited suicide on 11th August 2014. As his daughter said “world is forever a little darker, less colorful and less full of laughter in his absence”. Robin Williams will be forever missed.

The Passover Story

The Passover Story has a whole backstory, with many believing that it started when Joseph was sold by his brothers and sent to Egypt. Eventually Jacob and his family, after finding out Joseph is still alive, come to settle in Egypt. Many believe that it is at this point in the story that the King of Egypt dies and a new King rises.

It is slowly, over a period of time that the Jews become slaves to the Egyptians. Pharaoh, the king of Egypt, hears from his magicians that there will be an uprising. This is when he decides to throw the Jewish boys into the River Nile, to try and stop the Jews from rising against him.

Later, Moses is born and after being sent by God, comes to Pharaoh to ask that he let the Jewish People go. Pharaoh says no and so God sent the 10 Plagues. Blood, Frogs, Lice, wild animals, the killing of the animals, boils, hailstones, locusts, darkness and the killing of the firstborns. Only after all the plagues did Pharaoh say that the Jewish People can leave Egypt.

Every year on Passover we remember the story and tell over the story to our children and teach them the history of the Jewish People.

Col. Kemp

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