(Participant) We now take a minute to explain the symbols on our seder plate.
The shank bone represents the Pesach, the special lamb sacrifice made in the days of the Temple for the Passover holiday. The holiday is called the pesach, from the Hebrew word meaning “to pass over,” because God passed over the houses of our ancestors in Egypt when visiting plagues upon our oppressors.
(Participant) The matzah reminds us that when our ancestors were finally free to leave Egypt, there was no time to pack or prepare. Our ancestors grabbed whatever dough was made and set out on their journey, letting their dough bake into matzah as they fled.
The bitter herbs remind of the bitterness of slavery, the life of hard labor our ancestors experienced in Egypt.
The charoset reminds us of the clay our ancestors used to build walls as slaves under the Pharaoh.
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