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When experiencing the Seder, one attends a gathering that is totally unlike any other family dinner or gathering. After almost a month of preparation, during which all Chametz in our homes are obliterated, we finally sit and retell the history of our people.

As we sit around the Seder table together, we go back in time to when our forefathers sojourned in Egypt, eventually becoming slaves to the evil Pharaoh of that time. We then cried out to G-d, who saved us through many miracles and signs.
It is on Pesach that we commemorate our exodus from slavery to freedom.

In order to feel firsthand what our ancestors felt as they bitterly worked for Pharaoh and as they were subsequently freed, all eyes turn to the center of the table, where the Kiara is proudly displayed. On it stand six items that give us a "hands-on" experience of our exodus from Egypt. Throughout the whole Seder, we refer to this plate again and again, as we recite the story of our forefathers in the land of Egypt.
The items on the Kiara are arranged precisely. From the fact that the order is precise, we learn that in life, even the smallest details count. This lesson can also be hinted at from the word Seder, which means, "order" in Hebrew.
On the top left corner stands the Beitzah, the hard-boiled egg. We eat this egg right before the rest of the meal in order to represent the festival sacrifice brought in Jerusalem in the days of the Beis Hamikdosh (Holy Temple) in honor of Pesach. However, it is also a symbol of our mourning that the Beis Hamikdosh has been destroyed.


On the top right corner stands the Z'roa. A Z'roa is a shank bone or chicken neck, which was roasted or boiled. Most of its meat is removed before placing it on the Kiara. This item is not eaten; rather, it serves as a reminder to the sacrifice that the Jews offered on the night before their departure from Egypt. Every Pesach after that, a similar sacrifice was offered in the Beis Hamikdosh. As a reminder, both to the Beis Hamikdosh and the exodus from Egypt, we keep that roasted bone on the Kiara


In the middle of the Kiara, we find the Maror, the bitter herbs. For Maror, we use horseradish and/or romaine lettuce stalks. We eat it twice during the Seder. Eating Maror is one of the most important parts of the Seder. These bitter herbs represent the Jews' bitterness as they labored day and night for Pharaoh While we consume them, we must remember that even though now we might live in relative comfort and happiness, our ancestors in Egypt were suffering from their hard labor. Also, we must realize that there are many in the world suffering today, and we must feel for them and help them.


On the bottom right, the Karpas is situated. For Karpas, we use a vegetable (onion, celery, parsley, or boiled potato) that has to be different from the Maror. We eat this before we begin our retelling of the story of our exodus from Egypt. When we dip this object into salt water, we are doing an act of pleasure and liberty. We do this in order to make young children interested, prompting and encouraging them to ask questions. However, the Karpas and salt water are also representatives of our hard times in Egypt. When we read Karpas in Hebrew backwards, the new phrase tells us that the 600,000 Jews in Egypt had to work very hard. We dip this vegetable into salt water, which represents our tears as we worked in Egypt.


Next to the Karpas is the Charoses. The Charoses is a mixture of apples, pears, nuts, and wine, which is put onto the Maror and shaken off before eating the Maror. We do that so that the sweet taste of the Charoses should not make the Maror less bitter. The Charoses represents the mortar that the Jews used to build buildings for the Egyptians.


Lastly, we find the Chazeres, situated on the very bottom of the Kiara. The Chazeres is made of the same materials as Maror is. We put Chazeres on the Kiara since we eat Maror twice during the Seder. The first time we eat Maror, we eat from the middle of the Kiara. The second time that we eat Maror, we eat from the Chazeres.

As we go through the Seder and examine each object independently, we truly feel as if we are reliving the exodus from Egypt. Without this visual experience, our Seder would definitely be different from what it is now.


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