Long before the struggle upward begins,
There is a tremor in the seed.
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
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