What is a Seder and how does it connect to Passover and Judaism?

Seder is an event celebrated to share the meaning of Passover and uses food to represent different virtues that relate to Passover. At Seder there is a plate of food called a Seder plate that has different food items that each represent a certain part of Passover.

Matzah – flat unleavened bread that represents how the Jews had to flee from Egypt and didn’t have time for bread to rise. During the Seder dinner, 3 pieces of matzah are placed next to the Seder plate and covered by a napkin.

The Zeroa – a shank bone, a roasted piece of meat, that represents the special sacrifice that was offered to God by the Israelites the night before they left Egypt during the exodus.

Beitzah – A hard-boiled egg that represents the future of the Jewish people after leaving Egypt and the sacrifices made during the times the holy temple was built.

Maror– Bitter herbs, such as horseradish, that represent the slavery of the Jewish people in Egypt.

Charoset– A paste mixture that comprises apples, pears, nuts and wine. Charoset represents the mortar and bricks the Jewish people used when they built structures as slaves in Egypt.

Karpas – Parsley dipped into salt water and represents the harsh labor the Jewish people faced as slaves in Egypt.