Passover is also called Hag HaAviv, the Spring holiday. We celebrate the newness, the hope, the possibility that spring brings. We pray for renewal, as our spring renews us and the world in which we live. We dip the Karpas in salt water to remember the tears that our ancestors shed as slaves.
Before eating dip the Karpas (we'll be using parsley) in salt water and recite:
בָּרוּךְ אַתָּה יְיָ, אֱלֹהֵינוּ מֶלֶךְ הָעוֹלָם, בּוֹרֵא פְּרִי הָאֲדָמָה
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha-olam, borei p’ree ha-adama.
We praise God, Ruler of Everything, who creates the fruits of the earth.
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