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The Egg

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.

Preparation: Boil one egg per Seder plate, and possibly more for use during the meal.

Role in the Seder: Place one egg on each plate. As soon as the actual meal is about to begin, remove the egg from the Seder plate and use during the meal.

A popular way of eating these eggs is to chop and mix them with the saltwater which was set on the table. The eggs prepared this way are then served as an appetizer before the fish.

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November 11, 2016
My family does the Passover meal but we don't really do the egg at all, is that bad? I mean, we do just about everything else.
Indiana, United States
April 21, 2016
Can I boil the eggs the day before please?
Angy Sander
April 20, 2016
To Amy
It's enough to have one whole egg on the Seder plate and for the Seder leader to eat it at the right time during the Seder. You can choose to provide whole eggs for the guests or cut them in half or quarters. Staff
April 19, 2016
Who eats it?
If you have many people at your passover table, should you provide an egg each or just one to be eaten?
Amy J
Auckland, NZ
April 1, 2015
boiled egg?
I thought it had to be a roasted egg, not boiled. That was according to Hungarian tradition....
May 11, 2014
Although the egg itself is on the seder plate to remember the sacrifice in the Temple, it itself is not a sacrifice, and therefore may be eaten. The custom not to eat the shankbone on the seder plate, is not because it itself is a sacrifice, but rather because it may be confused to be a sacrifice, and may appear as if one is eating sacrifices outside of the Temple. The egg, however, is clearly not a sacrifice, and is merely a remembrance, and therefore may be eaten.
(See Shulchan Aruch Admu"r HaZaken OC 473:21 and 476:6)
Shaul Wolf
May 7, 2014
Thanks for the response. I was thinking about burying it as well. Sacrifices don't belong in the trash and considering it is a symbol of mourning, it seems fitting for it to be buried.
Cherisa Rempe
Gulf Shores
May 7, 2014
Gulf Shores Question
you could bury it. That's what my friends do.
May 7, 2014
I found out within the past year that I am Jewish on both sides of my family and I liked to learn more about Jewish customs and traditions. So if the egg is considered an offering and not to be eaten, according to the March 19th Anonymous poster, what do you do with the egg when you're finished with your plate? Just throw the offering in the trash??
Gulf Shores
April 7, 2014
Re: Anon COLO
In order to have a complete Seder plate, as per Jewish custom, one must have an egg on the Seder plate.
Zecher L'chagigah
East Jerusalem
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