3.26.2012

Seder Sale: 11 DAYS AWAY

Yes, you only have 11 days to prep for Pesach!
The sale may be going until the end of the holiday, but the first night is just 11 days away, and the Seder Sale is the perfect time to buy everything you need (and more).

 

 To get you excited about your Seder that will be here before you know it, here are 11 fun facts:

1. Each of the six places on the Seder plate has a special meaning that contributes to the focus of the Passover meal: the retelling of the story of the Exodus from Egypt.

2. The Maror, or bitter herbs, represent the bitterness and harshness of the slavery in Egypt. 

3. The Charoset, typically a sweet, brown mixture, represents the mortar used by the Jewish slaves to build the storehouses of Egypt.

4. The Karpas, a vegetable, like parsley or celery, is dipped into salt water at the beginning of the Seder to represent tears and pain felt by the slaves in Egypt. 

5. The Zeroah, often referred to as the Pascal lamb or shankbone, represents the "Pesach sacrifice."

6. The Beitzah, also known as a hard-boiled egg, represents the "festival sacrifice" during biblical times, and serves as a symbol of mourning, sometimes evoking the idea of mourning over the destruction of the Temple.  

7. The name of the holiday, "Pesach", is derived from the Hebrew word pasach, which means "passed over." 

8. The word "Seder," the meal which takes place the first (and as many other nights as you wish) of Passover means "order". 

9. The "Haggadah" is the book that accompanies the Seder, which contains the text of the Seder. There are so many different forms of Haggadot to choose from!

10. The "Afikoman" is half of the middle matzah, which is broken and hidden during the Seder, and then eaten last at the end of the Seder.

11. The four questions:

Why is this night different from all other nights? 
On all other nights we eat both leavened and unleavened bread, 
but on this night we eat only unleavened bread. 
On all other nights we eat all kinds of vegetables, but on this night only bitter herbs.  
On all other nights we do not dip our food even once, but tonight we dip twice
On all other nights we eat either sitting up or reclining, but tonight we all recline.



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