Ritually wash hands without reciting the blessing. The need for hand washing before eating vegetables is
no longer a ritual requirement, however, it is included here in the traditional Seder.
At this point we are meant to wash our hands to prepare ourselves for the rest of the Seder that is to come,
to purify ourselves.
Too often during our daily lives we don’t stop and take a moment to prepare for whatever it is we’re about
to do. Let's pause to consider what we hope to get out of our evening together tonight.
Feel free to wash your hands if you choose to.
Go around the room and share one hope or expectation you have for tonight's seder.
Take less than a kezayit (the volume of one olive) of the karpas, dip it into salt-water, and recite the
Baruch Atah Adonai, Eloheinu melech ha’olam, borei p’ri ha’adamah.
Blessed are You, Lord, our God, Ruler of the universe, who creates the fruit of the earth.
Take the middle matzah and break it into two, one piece larger than the other.
The larger piece is set aside to serve as Afikoman. This is traditionally hidden, by the leader of the Seder for
the children to “steal” or “find” and then ransom for a something at the end of the Seder.
The smaller piece is put back, between the two matzot. This smaller piece, along with the top matzah is
what will be used for the “Motzi-Matzah” and “Korech”
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