The first time we eat during the seder (and our first truly Passover-like ritual) is the dipping of greens into saltwater. Saltwater is a significant part of our story, a reminder of the tears shed during slavery and for enslaved people.

But dipping the greens – the first shoots of spring, which always return, whether we witness their budding or not – are signs of hope amid dark times. Hope emerges, even while damp with tears.

Thought Questions:

  • Karpas  symbolizes hope for the future. Jewish tradition always embraces hope, even during uncertain times. What makes you hopeful this year? Why?
  • What signs of spring are you noticing today, wherever you live? If someone at your virtual seder lives in another place, are they seeing different signs of the season?
  • What experiences in your life have given you hope? When were you successful in a struggle to change? What did you learn from the experience?

haggadah Section: Karpas
Source: https://reformjudaism.org/jewish-holidays/passover/make-your-online-seder-lively-engaging-and-meaningful