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 SHOFTIM AND ELUL / ROSH HASHANAH:

View Complete List

Repentance and Changing History
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5759

You Cannot Hide
Rabbi Raymond Beyda - 5764

The Special Role of the Kohen Who Reminds Us of the Source of Success at War
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5771

> One Stop Shopping
Rabbi Shlomo Jarcaig - 5764

Justice and Righteousness
Rabbi Berel Wein - 5772

Pursuing Truth and Justice
Rabbi Yissocher Frand - 5766

Frumster - Orthodox Jewish Dating

Elul Its All Relative
Rabbi Eliyahu Hoffmann - 5769

Love Out of Fear
Shlomo Katz - 5760

Satisfaction Can Bring Him Back
Rabbi Label Lam - 5768

ArtScroll

Time to Grow Up!
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5762

There is a Treasure
Rabbi Label Lam - 5766

Melech: The King and I
Rabbi Osher Chaim Levene - 5766

Looking for a Chavrusah?

The Time Is Now
Rabbi Yaakov Menken - 5759

Happy New Year!
Rabbi Pinchas Avruch - 5762

Its Good to be the King?
Jon Erlbaum - 0

Yehi Ratzon - Text and Instructions
Rabbi Yehudah Prero - 5760



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