What do the foods on the Seder Plate symbolize?

The Seder Plate is the placed at the head of the table on Passover Eve. Passover is celebrated by Jews all over the world in the Hebrew month of Nissan. The month of Nissan falls in the spring time. Passover is a time of remembrance of the Jewish exodus from Egypt in the year 2448 after the creation of the world. Each food item on the Seder plate alludes to something different. The food items on the Seder Plate The following foods are placed on the Seder plate; A shank bone An egg Bitter herbs- usually horseradish or horseradish root A mixture of apples, nuts, wine and spices A bitter vegetable such as celery or lettuce A vegetable- usually a parsley or potato What do these foods symbolize? The shank bone represents the lamb that was sacrificed by each household in Egypt on the eve of the exodus. A lamb was also sacrificed in the afternoon before Pesach in the Temple. Some communities have the custom to use an obviously different kind of bone from a lamb to symbolize that we can’t actually offer the Temple Paschal sacrifice. Some use a roasted chicken neck. The bone is not eaten at the Seder. The egg is hard-boiled. It represents the offering brought on holidays in the Temple. Before the meal at the Seder the egg is eaten. It is often...

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