Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 118:2
Preparations for the Seder

2. For the first dipping [at the Seder] (1), which is called "karpas", many people use parsley. It is preferable to use celery, which also tastes good when eaten raw. The choicest vegetable to use is a radish (2).

FOOTNOTES:

(1) The Sages instituted this dipping of a vegetable in salt water before the meal begins (that is, before eating the matzah), something that is not done on other nights of the year, in order to stimulate the children's curiosity and draw them into asking why this night is different from all other nights - "Ma Nishtana Halaila HaZeh..." Asking the "Four Questions" during the seder is not supposed to be a ritual formality; rather, there is an obligation to do things that will stimulate actual curiosity and questioning, because answers do not make a difference to people who don't have questions (See Rambam, Yad, Chometz U'Matzah 7:3).

(2) The species called "karpas" includes both celery and parsley; one of the reasons this species was originally chosen for this dipping, is because if we reverse the Hebrew letters of the word "karpas," we get the letter "Samech," which has a numerical value of sixty, alluding to the sixty myriad (60 times 10,000) of Jewish males above 20 years old who left Egypt, and the word "Perech" (lit: "break-apart") which alludes to the "back-breaking" labor. We dip it in salt water to allude to the fact that the Jews walked through the split Red Sea in order to escape the Egyptian army. The salt water also alludes to the tears and sweat of the bondage.

Since this pre-meal dipping was instituted primarily to arouse the curiosity of the children, one may use any vegetable not included in the family of bitter herbs, that requires a blessing of "boreh pri ho'adamah," and that is used as an appetizer. The potato was introduced in some countries where there were no other affordable vegetables; those who's ancestors used a potato for "karpas," continue to do so at present.

Back  Paragraph 1  Table of Contents  Paragraph 3 Next 

Halacha-Yomi, Copyright (c) 2002 Project Genesis, Inc.

 






ARTICLES ON LECH LECHA:

View Complete List

Lech Lecha: Avraham "Our Father"
Shlomo Katz - 5766

A House or a Home?
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5757

A Self-Starter
Rabbi Dovid Green - 5759

ArtScroll

The Ordeal of Departure
Rabbi Naftali Reich - 5767

Entering the Land of Canaan
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5770

Participating in G-ds Master Plan
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5774

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Connoisseur's Delight
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5762

Avraham Initiated The 2000 Years of Torah
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

The Internal Journey
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5759

> Not Just A Tool
Rabbi Yochanan Zweig - 5773

Rabbi Frand on Parshas Lech Lecha
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5770

The House that Truth Built
Rabbi Label Lam - 5762

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Beginning & End of the Journey
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5760

Freedom of Man
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Divine intervention in Our Wars Against Our Enemies
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5771

Avraham's Strange Reaction
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762



Project Genesis

Torah.org Home


Torah Portion

Jewish Law

Ethics

Texts

Learn the Basics

Seasons

Features

TORAHAUDIO

Ask The Rabbi

Knowledge Base




Help

About Us

Contact Us



Free Book on Geulah!




Torah.org Home
Torah.org HomeCapalon.com Copyright Information