The entire story of the Haggadah is contained in the Seder plate; everything on it symbolizes an aspect of Exodus:
Zeroa, a roasted bone or beet - evokes the offering made at the Temple in ancient times
Beitza, a boiled egg, symbolizes the circle of life and death
Maror, a bitter herb, reminds us of the bitterness of enslavement
Charoset, a mixture of fruit, nuts, wine and spices, represents the mortar our ancestors used to build the structures of Mitzrayim Karpas, a green vegetable, symbolizes hope and renewal.
Chazeret, the bitter herb for the “sandwich” we eat later, following the custom established by Hillel the Elder, as a reminder that our ancestors “ate matzah and bitter herbs together”
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