Long before the struggle upward begins, 

There is a tremor in the seed. 

Self-protection cracks, 

Roots reach down and grab hold. 

The seed swells, and tender shoots push up toward light. 

This is karpas (the green vegetable): Spring awakening growth. 

A force so tough it can break stone. 

And why do we dip karpas into saltwater—to remember the sweat and tears of our 

ancestors in bondage. 

-The Journey Continues: The Ma’yan Haggadah 

We pray that the people of Darfur will soon enjoy a new season of growth and prosperity, guided by the healing lights of justice and equality.   

We dip the parsley in the saltwater, recite a blessing, and eat the greens. 

Blessed are You Eternal One, Sovereign of the World, Who creates the fruit of the earth.  

Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu Melech Ha-olam, Borei p'ri ha-adamah


haggadah Section: Karpas
Source: In Search of Freedom: A Passover Seder of Darfur © Rabbi Or N. Rose & Tamar Grimm, ajws.org