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The Story Of Passover, Told Through A Crazy Rube Goldberg Machine

Students at the Israel Institute of Technology used matzo, dominoes, kiddush cups, and pulleys to tell the story of the Jewish holiday.

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Passover begins on Friday. At most seders, the story of this Jewish holiday will be read from a book around the table–a tradition students at the Technion-Israel Institute of Technology have put a spin on. They’re telling the story of Passover using materials like pulleys, dominoes, weights, kiddush cups, and matzo, rigged into an elaborate Rube Goldberg machine.

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Watch the video to see how pouring wine into a kiddush cup recreates a series of events in the Passover story, from Baby Moses floating down the Nile in a basket to frogs and hail plaguing Egypt.


Designers include Nadav Maccabi and Yaron Veksler, master’s students in mechanical engineering, who spent about a month planning out the machine and its stations. It’s not the first time Technion students have used Rube Goldberg’s principles to tell religious tales–in November 2012, the Technion posted a video of a Hanukkah Rube Goldberg machine that lights a menorah. It’s a fun way to use modern design to tell an ancient tale.

[via GOOD]

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