The Passover festival is a celebration of the spring harvest. 

Spring is a time of rebirth. The snow of winter has melted. Once again the bare trees have begun to bud. Already the flowers have started to bloom, filling the air with their scent, and our hearts with their life. Reader The fresh greens of spring serve a special purpose at this time in our Seder. As we dip these vegetables, the karpas, into salt water, a symbol of the tears of slavery, we remember all those who still suffer under the yoke of oppression. May we open our eyes, our hearts, and our hands, and help to remove suffering and want from our world.

Baruch atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech ha’olam, borei p’ri ha’adamah.

We praise You, O God, Sovereign of the Universe, Who brings forth fruits from the earth. (Leaning to the left, the greens are eaten.) 

haggadah Section: Karpas