We are about to taste a green vegetable that has been dipped in salt water.  The green vegetable is a symbol of new life...new life that breaks forth from the ground in this season and the new life that the Hebrew slaves were about to begin.  The salt water is a symbol for tears, tears that come with every struggle for a freedom and a meaningful life, and the tears we shed when we permit the natural world to become polluted.

(add hebrew and translation)

haggadah Section: Karpas