This year’s new Passover pattern features Miriam, the big sister of Moses, and the women who danced with her to celebrate their exodus from ancient Egypt. It’s a festive matzah cover for your Passover Seder called Miriam’s Song.
We know that Miriam plays a critical role in the Exodus story. As a young girl she kept her baby brother Moses safe by watching from a distance as he floated down the Nile River in a basket (Exodus 2:4). As an adult traveling with the Israelites in the desert, a miraculous well of water that God sent to travel with them was given to them because of the merit of Miriam, according to the sages. They called it Miriam’s Well. That teaching inspired the modern tradition of a Miriam’s Cup filled with water for the Passover Seder.
If you include a Miriam’s Cup on your Passover Seder this matzah cover makes a great complimentary piece for your table.
The imagery on this matzah cover, the imagery most often associated with Miriam, is her dancing with a timbrel and leading the Israelite women in celebration. God had parted the water of the Sea of Reeds, allowing the Israelites to walk across the sea on dry land and escape Pharaoh’s army. Moses leads the Israelites in a song of thanks. Miriam picks up her timbrel and essentially says, “Ladies, let’s dance!”
Then Miriam the prophetess, Aaron’s sister, took a timbrel in her hand, and all the women went out after her in dance with timbrels. And Miriam chanted for them: “Sing to the Lord, for He has triumphed gloriously…” [Exodus 15: 20-21]
To purchase the Miriam’s Song matzah cover pattern, visit the shop: Miriam’s Song Passover Matzah Cover Sewing Pattern: