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Nachshon, Who Was Afraid to Swim: A Passover Story Paperback – February, 2009
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Nachshon, along with the rest of his family and all the Israelites, is a slave in Egypt. His parents, grandparents, and even great-great-grandparents have been slaves, and he is afraid that he may be a slave for his whole life, too. However, Nachshon remembers the stories of how long ago his ancestors had been free, and he dreams of freedom every night. Nachshon's father and brothers make straw and mud into bricks in the hot sun, but Nachshon slips past the taskmasters to bring them cool drinking water. He also spies on Pharaoh and his royal courtiers to give reports to the Israelite elders. Everyone begins calling him "Brave Nachshon." But Nachshon does have one fear: When the other slaves take a cool dip in the Nile River each evening, he is afraid of water.
One day, a stranger named Moses comes and promises the Israelites freedom. That evening, when the slaves jump in the river, Moses sees Nachshon's hesitation and says, "Real freedom means facing your fears and overcoming them." Many people can tell the story from here. Moses calls on Pharaoh to let the Israelites go. At first the king refuses, but after ten terrible plagues, he finally agrees, and the Israelites march to the Sea of Reeds. Looking back, they see the armies of Pharaoh chasing them. When Moses tells them to march forward into the sea, what will Nachshon, who is still afraid to swim, do?
According to a note by author Deborah Bodin Cohen, the Torah includes only brief references to Nachshon ben Aminadav who was a leader in the tribe of Judah (Naashon or Nahshon in English bibles; see Numbers 1:7). However, in the Midrash or Rabbinic lore, his story is more fully developed as an example of faith and courage.Read more ›
This uplifting tale is a wonderful addition to a Passover and general book collection. The story can be read year round to enforce the meaningful message that it is important to face one’s fears and have confidence in one’s ability.
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As parents you are always looking for a book with your kids name in it. When your kids name is Nachshon, that is MUCH more difficult. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Darone
Fantastic book about the Jews leaving slavery! Nachoshon is a key character, and a good exams for children to be brave and have faith in oneself. Read morePublished 12 months ago by mommamel
This is a really nice story that embellishes on the midrash of Nachshon. It's a nice alternative to the typical Passover story books that focus on Moses.Published 21 months ago by VE
As Christ called Peter onto the water, the Apostle of Christ new that was happening. Peter was being challenged like in the story he told to his daughter. Read morePublished on October 27, 2013 by Cavett
This is a wonderful story with a great message. If you are a parent I believe you should share this story with your children, if not do it for yourself.Published on May 2, 2013 by John Reed