We have now told the story of Passover... but wait! We're not quite done. I will need the two youngest children at the table to assist me as I explain the symbols on our seder plate and table.
Zeroa (ze-ro-AH) is the roasted shank bone. It reminds us of the sacrifice of the Passover lamb and of God's instructions to mark our doorposts with its blood.
Maror (ma-ROAR) means bitter herbs, like horseradish. Maror reminds us of the bitterness and pain of slavery.
Haroset (kha -RO-set) is a mixture of chopped fruit, nuts and wine and spices. It reminds us of the bricks and mortar Jewish slaves had to make when they built cities for Pharaoh in Egypt.
Baytzah (bay-TZAH) is the roasted, hard-boiled egg. It is a symbol of birth and life. It also represents the offerings our ancestors made in the days of the Temple.
Karpas (kar-PAS) is a green vegetable like parsley or watercress. It reminds us of spring and rebirth.
Khazeret - a green lettuce will be used later to make the korech or the Hillel sandwich.
Two of the four questions, have yet to be answered. Who can tell me which ones?
Why do we eat reclining tonight? and Why do we eat Matzah? Let's discuss the answers.
Lastly, on our table, we have the olives, fruits of the beautiful trees that provide sustenance and livelihoods to those lucky enough to lives near. Trees native to our beloved Israel. The Olive branch, for many, is a symbol of peace. We eat these olives in solemn recognition of the displaced Palestinians. The olives challenge us to work towards a two state solution and to be bearers of peace and hope for all who are oppressed.
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