Take sprigs of parsley, dip them in salt water, pass them around the table, and say:
Question: “Why do we eat these greens, and why do we dip them in salt water?
“Because in the spring the Earth sprouts green and fertile, and in the salt seas life began.”
Blessed are you, Yahh our God, Breathing Spirit of the Universe, who creates the fruit of the earth.
[Everyone then eats this piece of parsley.]
Share a spoon of charoset to each person around the table/s.
Question: Why do we eat charoset? —
“Because by mixing apples, apricots, and raisins, nuts and cinnamon, wine and cloves, we embody the tastes and smells of the Song of Songs, the earthy poem of love and eros — the springtime when flowers rise up against winter, the juices of love arise from the depths of depression, and the night-time of history gives way to the sunlight of Eden, the garden of delight; the Earth and humans at loving peace with one another.
“ Come with me, my love, come away,/ For the long wet months are past, /The rains have fed the earth / And left it bright with blossoms. / Birds wing in the low sky, /Dove and songbird singing /In the open air above, /Earth nourishing tree and vine,/ Green fig and tender grape, /Green and tender fragrance. Come with me, my love, come away.
Do-di li va-a-ni lo; Ha-ro-eh ba-sho-sha-nim (Repeat)
Mi zot olah Min hamidbar, Mi zot olah
M’kituret mor, Mor u-livonah Mor u-livonah
Uri tzafon u-vo-i teymann Uri tzafon u-vo-i teyman
[Eat some charoset.]
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