Seder Plate

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Seder Plate

The seder plate holds the ritual items that are discussed during the seder. 

ROASTED SHANKBONE
One of the most striking symbols of Passover is the roasted lamb shankbone (called zeroah), which commemorates the paschal (lamb) sacrifice made the night the ancient Hebrews fled Egypt. Some say it symbolizes the outstretched arm of God (the Hebrew word zeroah can mean “arm”). Many vegetarians use a roasted beet instead. This isn’t a new idea; the great Biblical commentator Rashi suggested it back in the 11th Century.

MAROR (BITTER HERB)
Bitter herbs (usually horseradish) bring tears to the eyes and recall the bitterness of slavery. The Seder refers to the slavery in Egypt, but people are called to look at their own bitter enslavements.

CHAROSET
There’s nothing further from maror than charoset (“cha-ROH-set”), the sweet salad of apples, nuts, wine, and cinnamon that represents the mortar used by the Hebrew slaves to make bricks.

KARPAS
Karpas is a green vegetable, usually parsley (though any spring green will do). Karpas symbolizes the freshness of spring. Some families still use boiled potatoes for karpas, continuing a tradition from Eastern Europe where it was difficult to obtain fresh green vegetables.

SALT WATER
Salt water symbolizes the tears and sweat of enslavement, though paradoxically, it’s also a symbol for purity, springtime, and the sea.

ORANGE
The orange is a symbol of the fruitfulness and inclusion of LGBTQ+ members of the Jewish community.
We spit out the seeds of homophobia, and welcome all who feel marginalized.

ROASTED EGG
The roasted egg (baytsah) is a symbol in many different cultures, usually signifying springtime and renewal. Here it stands in place of one of the sacrificial offerings which was performed in the days of the Second Temple. Another popular interpretation is that the egg is like the Jewish people: the hotter you make it for them, the tougher they get.

BOILED EGG (TO EAT)
May we reflect on our lives this year and soften our hearts to those around us. Another year has passed since we gathered at the Seder table and we are once again reminded that life is fleeting. We are reminded to use each precious moment wisely so that no day will pass without bringing us closer to some worthy achievement as we all take a moment to be aware of how truly blessed we are.

Our faith gives us many holidays to celebrate throughout the year and they are all times for self reflection, gently guiding us to a better path in life. We are each given a chance to reflect on our past year; to think about where we have been and how we will live our lives in the year to come. We reaffirm our commitment to lead good and meaningful lives, promoting peace wherever we go.

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Table of contents
    Introduction
  • Welcome
  • The Elephant At Your Passover Seder
  • On This Night
  • As we begin tonight's seder...
  • Blessing For Anyone Who Is Not Jewish
  • Take Us Out of Egypt
  • Passover Remembered
  • There's No Seder Like Our Seder
  • Seder = Order
  • A Passover Song
  • Candlelighting
  • Woman's Prayer at Candle Lighting
  • Seder Plate
  • Bashert (Destiny)
    • Commentary / Readings
  • Ruth's Mix
    • Kadesh
  • Kiddush - The Blessing Over the Wine
  • Passover Round
  • A Time of Remembering
  • Question for Discussion
  • Readings on Freedom
  • This Year We Are Slaves
  • What Happens To Them Happens To Me
    • Urchatz
  • Urchatz
    • Karpas
  • Karpas
    • Yachatz
  • Yachatz
    • -- Four Questions
  • Four Questions
    • -- Four Children
  • The Four Sons
  • The Modern Four Sons
    • -- Exodus Story
  • What If God Had Not Taken Our Ancestors Out Of Egypt?
  • Pharoah Pharoah
  • The Story of Passover (Skit)
    • -- Ten Plagues
  • The Ten Plagues
    • -- Cup #2 & Dayenu
  • Dayeinu
  • A Contemporary Dayeinu
  • The Blessing Over the Wine
    • Rachtzah
  • Handwashing With A Blessing
    • Motzi-Matzah
  • Motzi Matzah
  • Historic Manischewitz Ad
    • Maror
  • Maror
    • Koreich
  • Just A Tad of Charoset
  • Korech
    • Shulchan Oreich
  • Shulchan Oreich
    • Tzafun
  • Tzafun
    • Bareich
  • Grace After the Meal
  • The Third Glass of Wine
    • Hallel
  • Echad Mi Yodea?
  • Chad Gadya, Chad Gadya
  • The Fourth Glass of Wine - The Cup of Elijah & Miriam
    • Nirtzah
  • Especially This Year, A Prayer For Our Country
  • Ending the Seder and Thinking About the Future
    • Songs
  • I Could Have Eaten More
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