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Maror: Eating the Bitter Herbs

Maror: Eating the Bitter Herbs

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In the present age, eating maror fulfills a Rabbinic commandment. In this instance as well, one must eat a kezayis bichedei achilas p’ras. When it is difficult for a person to eat a full ounce of maror, he may rely on the more lenient opinions that consider a kezayis to be ¾ of an ounce. Similarly, in such circumstances, one may consider kedei achilas p’ras to be six or seven minutes.The romaine lettuce and the horseradish are both included in the measure of a kezayis. One does not recline while eating the maror.

Themaror should be dipped in the charoses. Before that, some charoses should be placed into the plate beneath one’s wine cup and softened with the wine that has overflowed.One should not dip the entire maror into the charoses, so that its bitter taste will not be neutralized. For the same reason, one should shake off the charoses.

The blessing al achilas maror should not be recited until the maror is dipped into the charoses, so that the mitzvah of eating the maror will follow it immediately. When reciting this blessing, one should bear in mind the maror of korech as well.

ברוך Blessed are You, G‑d, our L‑rd, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the eating of maror.

Maror

One might ask: After eating matzah, the food of liberation, why is there a requirement to eat maror, an experience of bitterness?

The answer is twofold: Firstly, in the present age, since the mission of refining the world’s material substance has not been completed, our experience of matzah is limited. Even after the exodus from Egypt — and in the personal sense, after every individual’s exodus — evil remains. Thus there is still the possibility of bondage and bitterness.

Moreover, even after the complete Redemption, when “I will cause the spirit of impurity to depart from the earth,”1 we will still eat maror after matzah. For maror is associated with mercy,2 and eating maror will evoke G‑d’s boundless mercies (the Rebbe Maharash).3
Footnotes
1.
Zachariah 13:2.
2.
See p. 11.
3.
Hemshech Mayim Rabbim 5636, p. 150.
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