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Story of the Sedar Plate

DURING the Seder, the story of the Exodus is reenacted using a special Seder Plate. It contains the following key elements of Passover:

Betzah (a roasted or boiled egg), commemorating the destruction of the Temple in Jerusalem.

Charoset (a fruit and nut mixture), symbolizing the mortar used by Jews to build Egyptian structures.

Karpas (spring greens such as radishes, onions, parsley or celery). The Karpas is dipped in salted water, which symbolizes the tears shed by the Jewish people. The spring greens and the salted water together symbolize life.

Marror (bitter herbs), usually horseradish or romaine lettuce, commemorating the harsh conditions of slavery in ancient Egypt.

Zeroa (roasted or boiled meat or poultry), recalling the Pascal sacrifice of the original Exodus.

In addition, red wine is consumed during the course of the Seder to commemorate the redemption of the Jewish people.