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The Lettuce

The Lettuce

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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.

So it was with our enslavement in Egypt. At first the deceitful approach of Pharaoh was soft and sensible, and the work was done voluntarily and even for pay. Gradually, it evolved into forced and cruel labor.

Preparation: Romaine lettuce is often very sandy. Wash each of the leaves separately, checking very carefully for insects. (Pat gently with a towel and let sit until completely dry, so that there will be no moisture to come in contact with the matzah.)

Depending on how much romaine lettuce is needed, it can take several hours to prepare. This task should be completed before candle-lighting time on the first night. Prepare enough leaves for both nights and store in the refrigerator. Soaking of the romaine leaves may not be done on the holiday.

Role in the Seder: The lettuce is used in conjunction with horseradish. It is used when eating the maror and when eating the matzah-and-maror sandwich.

Place the leaves in two piles on the Seder plate, one under the maror and one separately at the bottom.

Keep a stack of extra cleaned leaves handy in the refrigerator in case additional leaves are needed.

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March 27, 2010
maror or marror?
This is great information and huge help, thanks so much!

One question though... Is there a reason why maror/marror is spelled differently, sometimes even in the same sentence?
Wendy Banuelos
Whitesville, KY
March 25, 2010
Parsley
Yes, parsley is a pretty common seder thing.
Max
Fredericton, NB/Canada
April 8, 2009
RomaineLettuce
We used parsely when I was growing up.
BosheRivka
Newport Beach, CA
January 18, 2009
lettuce
make sure you check for insects when your washing the lettuce
lauren
lincolnshire, horncastle
June 16, 2008
lettuce
when you do wash the lettuce make aure that you wash it in a cleaned out sink so that nothnng gets on it! ta ta
Emma
london, England
April 10, 2008
Re above: make sure the vinegar is the kosher for Passover kind.
Frayda
Bklyn, NY
November 27, 2007
Romaine lettuce
"Wash each of the leaves separately, checking very carefully for insects. "
Rinse the bugs off with garlic vinegar, it works so well that I dont even worry about them any more.
Ryan H.
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