The Seder plate holds all of the items that will be used throughout the Passover Seder and is the focal point of the entire service. Each item represents different pieces of the Exodus story and the items also allow for a completely sensory and interactive experience.
Many contemporary Jews add additional items to the Seder plate to symbolize modern liberation struggles. The most common new item is an orange, which honors the role of women and/or gays and lesbians in Jewish life. The orange symbolizes the fruitfulness that these previously marginalized communities bring to Jewish life. Some Jews place an olive on the Seder plate to signal hope for eventual peace between Israelis and Palestinians. For more info, visit www.myjewishlearning.com/article/the-seder-plate.
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