Torah.org Home Subscribe Services Support Us
 
Print Version

Email this article to a friend

Chapter 118:8
Preparations for the Seder

8. The seder plate should be arranged in the following manner: One should place three matzos (1) on a plate and spread a beautiful cloth over them; above them, one should place the "zeroa" (shankbone) on one's right side, and the egg on one's left side; the "marror" (bitter herbs) over which the blessing [for the mitzvah of marror] is recited, [should be placed below them], in the center; the "charoses" should be placed below the "zeroa" (in the next row down), and the "karpas" below the egg; the "marror" to use for the "kricha" (sandwich with matzah) goes [below them] in the middle (2).

FOOTNOTES:

1) On every Shabbos and Yom Tov, it is a mitzvah to begin the meal with two loaves of either bread or matzah ("Lechem Mishna"). On the Seder night, however, we add a third matzah to be broken in half during the Seder ("Yachatz"). The reason we recite the Haggadah over a broken piece of matzah, is because the Torah calls matzah "lechem oni" ("bread of oppression" or "poor man's bread") (Deut 16:3); since a poor man is accustomed to sustaining himself only on a morsel, so too, we use only a morsel, as a reminder of our poverty and oppression in Egypt.

(2) This is the order of the Arizal, and is based on Kabbalistic teachings (see Ba'er Hatev 473:8). The Ramah 273:4 has a different order based on the principle of not passing over one mitzvah in order to get to another mitzvah. As a result, according to the Ramah, those items used first should be closest to you: bottom row - karpas (right), salt water (left) (the Arizal doesn't have salt water on the plate); then the matzos in the next row, in the center; third row - marror (R), charoses (L); top row - zeroa (R), egg (L).

It seems that most people follow the order of the Arizal (See Oruch HaShulchan 473:11, and Mishna Berura 473: 26).

Back  Paragraph 7  Table of Contents  Paragraph 9 Next 

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

 






ARTICLES ON VAYEITZEI AND CHANUKAH:

View Complete List

Majesty Resides Within!
Rabbi Label Lam - 5765

Everyday Miracles
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5764

Our Noble Mission
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Natural Miracles
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5766

Thanks a Lot!
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

Out of Love
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5766

Looking for a Chavrusah?

Making A Deal With The Almighty In The Tradition of Yaakov Avinu
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5767

Angel or Demon?
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5764

Sadly Released from Prison
Rabbi Yisroel Ciner - 5758

> A Special Land
Shlomo Katz - 5774

It's a Match!
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5761

Time Study
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5766

ArtScroll

Every Last Drop
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5760

Today Depends on Tomorrow
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5771

Leaving Ya’akov For Yisroel
Rabbi Pinchas Winston - 5765

Miracles of Modesty
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 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