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In Every Generation

I’ve fallen a little bit behind on the papier-mâché project (it’s not a lampshade or a serving dish, and yesterday we painted it green), but I wanted to take a moment to show you what we did last year.

Everyone knows that the Passover Hagaddah states that in every generation, each person is required to see himself as though he personally has gone out of Egypt.

In the generation of photoshop, it’s never been easier.


First, I searched through google images until I found a large image of Egypt. I chose this one, because it has a pyramid, as well as the modern city of Cairo in the background. There are tons of images out there, just make sure you start with a big file, because it’s always easier to scale images down than to scale them up, and I wanted this for printed out for the seder.

Then I went and found an image of sheep as well as Egyptian gold.

The grandparents were coming for Seder, and I asked them for a photo of themselves, dressed up. True to their awesome selves, they obliged.

Then I took a snapshot of all of us. This wasn’t as easy, because I had to set the camera on a timer and get everyone, including a little baby, into position. Cloud Man had just gotten off an airplane, and it was three days to seder and an hour to Shabbat, but he’s a sport and we managed. I had Volucris hold an empty basket. Then I photoshopped the whole thing (actually, I use Gimp because it’s free, specifically the scissors tool to cut and the layers function to paste, and scaled downloaded photos so that they would fit), and created the image.

Because if God had not taken us out of Egypt, we would still be slaves there:


Comments on: "In Every Generation" (7)

  1. A word from the grandparents.
    To accommodate the request for authentic regal clothing “borrowed” from our local Egyptian slavemaster, we borrowed a friend’s gold-colored drapes as well as her gold silverware.

  2. This was really cool, especially the gold.

    BTW, you can really see how Volucris grew a head taller this past year!

  3. That is an amazing idea! May God bless you and your family. I know that your children will be better able to envision going out of Egypt with the picture to remind them.

  4. This is great! This looks like a fabulous project for dd15, who is crazy about “Photoshopping” (though her program of choice, inexplicably, is Microsoft Paint). If only we had a picture of all of us together… but we could always stick people into the shot as you have.

  5. I remember the picture from last year and love it still!

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