The Seder plate, also known known as Seder bowl or Passover Seder plate, is at the center
of every Jewish dining-room table during Passover. This is the traditional plate on which
we place six types of foods that represent concepts that relate to Pesach and the Exodus. The Charoset, a sweet
mixture of fruits, wine and honey, represents the mortar that the Hebrews used to build cities in Egypt; the
maror, bitter herbs, and chazeret, horseradish, symbolize the hardships that the Hebrews underwent; the karpas,
any vegetable other than bitter herbs, usually potato or celery, is dipped in salt water and stands for the many
tears shed by the enslaved Hebrews; the hard-boiled egg represents the korban hagigah, the festival sacrifice,
that was offered in the Temple; finally the z’roa, usually a chicken wing or roasted lamb, represents the korban
haPesach, the Passover sacrifice. The z’roa is only symbolic and is not eaten.
The Seder plate, in addition
to playing an important religious role on Passover, plays an almost-as-important aesthetic role: being the table
centerpiece, many Jews choose to procure expensive, beautifully designed and ornate Seder plates. From aluminum
Pomegranate to glass and pewter ornamented Passover Seder plate, there is a plethora of plates from which to
The ceramic Seder plate has retained its popularity for many years. One of the reasons for this
could be its highly diverse designs: you can find circular , square , and even pomegranate-shaped plates. Also,
one of the great things about ceramics is that in addition to coming in various materials, like silver or
porcelain, they also come in many colors; the joining of white and other exuberant colors always makes for a
fantastic combination. An increasingly popular trend right now is a Seder plate engraved with Hebrew quotes and
images. On these you will find figures such as the twelve tribes or the twelve astrological signs, as well as six
images of the six foods. Under each image is the Hebrew name and, sometimes, a short description of the image
Since there are no strict rules as to the appearance of the plate, artists have plentiful leeway
when creating and designing them. Therefore, you can find creations such as Star of David Seder plates. The Star
of David is often made of Sterling Silver, and between each two lines that are formed on the outside of the star
are six small plates for the six foods.
Like many Judaica items, some Passover Seder plates are specially
customized for children. When there are many kids at the table, a great way to entertain them is by bunching them
up and placing an additional Seder plate by their section. This plate, unlike the “adults’ ” plate, will include
childish motifs such as trees and flowers, animals and more. At the center of the plate is a big “Pesach” sign in
Hebrew, each letter of a different color. The kids’ Passover Seder plate, of course, is strong and doesn’t break
easily, in case the little ones decide they have had enough of the Hagaddah and that it is time to pick the plate
up and play with it.
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