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The Seder Plate

The Seder Plate

The ingredients and the order of placement

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Introduction
The special foods we eat on Passover are also food for thought. Every item on the Seder plate abounds in meaning and allusion . . .
The Shank Bone
A piece of roasted meat represents the lamb that was the special Paschal sacrifice on the eve of the exodus from Egypt, and annually, on the afternoon before Passover, in the Holy Temple . . .
The Egg
A hard-boiled egg represents the holiday offering brought in the days of the Holy Temple. The meat of this animal constituted the main part of the Passover meal . . .
The Bitter Herbs
Bitter herbs (maror) remind us of the bitterness of the slavery of our forefathers in Egypt. Fresh grated horseradish, romaine lettuce, and endive are the most common choices . . .
The Paste
A mixture of apples, nuts and wine which resembles the mortar and brick made by the Jews when they toiled for Pharaoh . . .
The Vegetable
A non-bitter root vegetable alludes to the backbreaking work of the Jews as slaves. The Hebrew letters of the word karpas can be arranged to spell “perech samech” . . .
The Lettuce
The lettuce symbolizes the bitter enslavement of our fathers in Egypt. The leaves of romaine lettuce are not bitter, but the stem, when left to grow in the ground, turns hard and bitter . . .
Interactive: Passover on a Plate Interactive: Passover on a Plate
An interactive guide to the Seder Plate, including brief descriptions and insightful videos of each of the items we place on our Seder Plate
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