Miguel: The karpas symbolizes the growth and fertility of the Hebrew people in Egypt, but it also reminds us of their great suffering. We eat karpas dipped in salt water to remember the tears that were shed during the time of oppression and slavery in Egypt. When you dip the karpas, shake off some of the salt water so that the drops will resemble tears...
Before we dip karpas into the salt water and eat, let us pause and recall the suffering of those still in bondage.
And now let us recite the following traditional blessing:
Miguel: Barukh attah Adonai, Eloheinu melekh ha’olam, borei peri ha’adamah.
Blessed are You, LORD our God, King of the universe, Creator of the fruit of the earth.
[Everyone dips the vegetable (romaine lettuce) in salt water and eats.]
Miguel: May we also remember the tears Messiah shed over His people...
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