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The Egg

The Egg

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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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May 11, 2014
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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.
Anonymous
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??
Anonymous
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
March 30, 2014
Does the egg have to be on the Seder plate to complete the Seder?
Anonymous
COLO
June 13, 2013
Thank You
Thank you very very much this was very usefull with my prep
Anonymous
Oxford, England
April 19, 2013
thank you
thanks this was really usefull!!!!!
Anonymous
oxford, england
March 19, 2013
The posters are right, Actually, if you hold that the egg is lzecher the korban chagigah, then you are not allowed to eat it!
Anonymous
March 22, 2012
Eating the Egg
The egg is the size of the minimal offering. It is also a traditional food of mourning, eaten at time of remembrance. It is also there to remind us that life is round and never-ending...without beginning or end. Finally, it represents the birth of spring.
Anonymous
Jerusalem, Israel
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