Dipping the bitter herb in sweet charoset | maror |מָרוֹר
In life there is birth and there is death. There is suffering and there is joy. There is adversity and there is resilience. We can not know one without experiencing the other. This is the essence of Passover, remembering the suffering of our people in slavery, longing to be free, hoping for deliverance. This is the hope of us all.
As we eat the maror with the charoset, we don’t totally eradicate the taste of the bitter with the taste of the sweet… but doesn’t the sweet mean more when it’s layered over the bitterness?
ברוּךְ אַתָּה יְיַָ אֱלֹהֵֽינוּ מֶֽלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, אֲשֶׁר קִדְּשָֽׁנוּ בְּמִצְוֹתָיו וְצִוָּֽנוּ עַל אֲכִילַת מרוֹר:
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, asher kid’shanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu al achilat maror.
We praise God, the Spirit of Everything, who made us holy through obligations, commanding us to eat bitter herbs.
Dip the bitter herb in charoset and eat.
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