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On Pesach it is customary to use our most beautiful silver and dishes, remembering how G-d freed us from Egypt and made us into a proud, Jewish Nation.

At the head of the table is the beautiful Seder Plate. In Hebrew, we call it a “Ka’arah”. Before the Seder we arrange the Seder Plate by placing three whole Matzot in a cover or special compartment under the plate. Then we arrange six items on top, each one reminding us of the Passover Story:

Zeroah: A Roasted Bone
This reminds us of the Pesach offering we used to bring in the Holy Temple in Jerusalem.
Zeroah in depth

Beitzah: A hard-boiled Egg
This reminds us of the festival offering which was brought to the Holy Temple on Pesach.
Beitzah in depth

Maror: Horseradish Root
These bitter herbs symbolize the harsh suffering and bitter times we endured when we were slaves in Egypt.
Maror in depth

Charoset: A mixture of chopped apple, walnuts and red wine. Ground up together, Charoset resembles bricks and mortar, reminding us how hard we were forced to work when we were slaves in Egypt. Charoset in depth

Karpas: This can be a small slice of onion, boiled potato or sprigs of parsley. We dip the Karpas into salt water at the beginning of the Seder, representing the salty tears we cried when we were slaves. Karpas in depth

Chazeret: Romaine Lettuce
This is the second portion of bitter herbs which we eat during the Seder. This is eaten in a Matzah sandwich together with Maror.
Chazeret in depth

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March 11, 2015
Re: Egg
The egg on the Seder plate and the egg that we eat are symbolic of two different things.

The egg on the Seder plate symbolizes the special offering that was brought on Festivals when the Jewish people would visit the Temple, the Chagigah offering.
The egg that we eat is a custom some communities adopted as a sign of mourning, symbolizing the destruction of the Temple.

There is no obligation to eat eggs at the Seder as it is merely a custom, and if one is allergic to eggs there is no need to eat them. Even if one does not eat the egg, it should still be present on the Seder plate, to commemorate the Chagigah offering.
Shaul Wolf
March 10, 2015
Egg on seder plate
Is there an acceptable alternative to eating the egg (besides not eating it at all) if a person has an egg allergy or dislikes the taste of eggs? I wasn't sure if there was another food item that could be substituted or not which has a similar symbolic meaning as the egg.
March 4, 2015
Thanks, this really helped with my assignment :)
March 3, 2015
Thanks!!! Really helped with RS homework!
February 22, 2015
Thanks, this really helped with my homework, but could you put more info about all the food on the plate because that would be really helpful :)
February 20, 2015
seder plate
This was helpful for my project
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February 5, 2015
Thx really helped my R.S homework
December 17, 2014
awesome sauce
bob johnson
November 12, 2014
Yeah this helps
September 22, 2014
Thank you for the help.
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