CSJO: Seder Symbols

Haggadah Section: Introduction
Reader 31: The story of Passover, with its rich symbolism, has been told for centuries at Seders all over the world. Through these symbols we maintain a connection with the past, a connection with Jews all over the world today, and a link to the future. What are these symbols?

MATZA (Please distribute a small piece of matza to each person )

This is the bread of both affliction and a symbol of liberation. Let all who are hungry come and eat.

Reader 32: THE BITTER HERB  (Please make a small sandwich of matza and bitter herbs)

The bitter herb reminds us of the bitterness of our lives as slaves in Egypt. 

ALL: Tonight we taste the bitter herb and recognize the bitter consequences of exploitation, the loss of lives, the waste of the potential of all peoples.

(Eat sandwich)

Reader 33: PARSLEY  (Please distribute parsley and everyone dip it in salt water)

The parsley and the salt water remind us that both the tender greens of the earth and the salt of the sea are joined together to sustain life. 

ALL: They also remind us of the tears of despair shed by Jews as slaves in Egypt and all the oppressed in the world.


Tradition directs us to have a roasted lamb bone which is symbolic of the animals sacrificed during the Exodus. The doorposts of the Jewish homes were marked with the blood of the lamb, so the Angel of Death 

would pass over and not take their first born son.

Reader 35: KHAROSES  (Each person please make a sandwich of matza and kharoset )

This mixture reminds us of the days when our ancestors had to make bricks and mortar for Pharaoh's cities. 

ALL: The sweet taste of kharoses also reminds us that in the most bitter

times of slavery, our people have always remembered the sweet taste of freedom.

Reader 36: The EGGS at the table are a symbol of holiday sacrifices brought to the Temple in Jerusalem. 

ALL: We eat the eggs, dipped in salt water, to taste the tears of our captivity. 

(Please pass and eat the eggs in salt water).

Orange On The Seder Plate

ALL: The Orange on the seder plate symbolizes our commitment to ALL marginalized people.

The Jewish Secular Community Passover Hagada

Inspired to create
your own Haggadah?

Make your own Haggadah and share with other Seder lovers around the world

Have an idea
for a clip?

People like you bring their creativity to Haggadot.com when they share their ideas in a clip

Support Us
with your donation

Help us build moments of meaning and connection through
home-based Jewish rituals.


contributor image
Esther Kustanowitz
4 Haggadahs44 Clips
contributor image
JQ International
1 Haggadah40 Clips
contributor image
MAZON: A Jewish Response to Hunger
5 Haggadahs109 Clips
contributor image
1 Haggadah13 Clips
contributor image
1 Haggadah78 Clips
contributor image
Truah: The Rabbinic Call for Human Rights
1 Haggadah36 Clips
contributor image
American Jewish World Service
1 Haggadah44 Clips
contributor image
3 Haggadahs57 Clips
contributor image
Repair the World
12 Clips
contributor image
5 Haggadahs48 Clips
contributor image
Be'chol Lashon
2 Haggadahs27 Clips
contributor image
PJ Library
1 Haggadah17 Clips
contributor image
Jewish World Watch
3 Haggadahs42 Clips
contributor image
Secular Synagogue
10 Clips
contributor image
1 Haggadah9 Clips
contributor image
The Blue Dove Foundation
20 Clips
contributor image
24 Clips
contributor image
Jewish Emergent Network
1 Haggadah22 Clips

Passover Guide

Hosting your first Passover Seder? Not sure what food to serve? Curious to
know more about the holiday? Explore our Passover 101 Guide for answers
to all of your questions.


Haggadot.com by Recustom, is a free resource for all backgrounds and experiences. Consider making a donation to help support the continuation of this free platform.

Copyright © 2024 Custom and Craft Jewish Rituals Inc, dba Recustom, dba Haggadot.com.
All Rights Reserved. 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization. EIN: 82-4765805.