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  • Matzah
    It is preferable to use handmade Shmurah Matzah. Every person at the Seder with their own Seder plate will need three matzahs per Seder. Those who don't have their own plate need approximately two matzahs per Seder.
  • Matzah covers
  • Wine and/or grape juice
    It is preferable to use wine, but if one cannot, one may use a mixture of grape juice and wine, or even pure grape juice. If necessary, one may add up to 1/3 of the cup of water. If this also is not possible due to medical reasons, discuss with your doctor and rabbi.
  • Wine goblets
  • Horseradish
    One may purchase kosher for Passover ground horseradish, but it can only be used for the seder if it has no other ingredients.
  • Romaine lettuce (for bitter herbs)
    Each should eat the volume of an olive of the combination of Romaine lettuce and horseradish. A large lettuce leaf is approximately the size of an olive.
  • Haggadahs
    Ideally with translation to the vernacular.
  • Ingredients for Charoset
    Chabad custom is to use wine, ground walnuts, apples & pears. Others add: Partially ground cinnamon & ginger, figs, dates, pomegranates, and/or almonds.
  • Shankbones for all of the Seder plates.
    Chabad custom is to use the neck of a chicken. Others use the leg of a chicken or an actual shankbone.
  • Eggs
    Ashkenazi custom is to serve eggs as the first course of the meal (Shulchan Orech), in addition to having one egg on each Seder plate.
  • A vegetable for Karpas
    Chabad custom is to use a piece of a potato or onion. Others use celery, radishes, or parsley.
Rabbi Aryeh Citron was educated in Chabad yeshivahs in Los Angeles, New York, Israel and Australia. He was the Rosh Kollel of The Shul of Bal Harbour, Florida, and is now an adult Torah teacher in Surfside, Florida. He teaches classes on Talmud, Chassidism, Jewish history and contemporary Jewish law.
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January 25, 2010
Size of Lettuce Leaf
There are opinions that today's olives are smaller than the olives in the Talmud. For this purpose, however, we do not need to follow those opinions. The way we measure the size of an olive is by how much water it would displace. This is approximately one fluid ounce. A piece of lettuce that would displace that amount is the correct size. According to a picture in the book "Kezayis" by Pinchos Bodner, this is a large size piece. Feel free to try it for yourself.
Aryeh Citron
Surfside, Fl
January 25, 2010
sizing
"A large lettuce leaf is approximately the size of an olive."

Are you talking baby greens? What kind of huge olive are you refering to?
Anonymous
Blue Ash, OH