Are you a traditionalist, or are you ready to add a bit of funk to your Pesach with a modern seder plate?
Passover has always been one of my favorite holidays (for the food!). One of the most important aspects of the Passover dinner is the seder plate, which holds symbolic foods that represent different parts of the Passover story. From the bitter herbs to the lamb shank bone, each item on the plate has significance and is meant to be discussed and contemplated during the seder.
Over the years, I’ve seen some really fun modern seder plates made from various materials, including glass, metal, and ceramic. Each material offers a unique aesthetic and feel, but they all serve the same purpose of holding symbolic foods.
Personally, our seder plate holds a special place in my heart. It’s a modern design that my husband and I received as a wedding gift many years ago. Its colorful design perfectly fits our style, and it’s become a cherished part of our celebration. Whenever we use it, it brings back memories of our wedding day and the start of our lives together.
If you’re in the market for a new seder plate or simply looking to add to your collection, there are countless options available. From traditional designs to modern interpretations, you’re sure to find something that suits your style and adds to the meaningfulness of your Passover celebration.
What’s on a seder plate?
Prominently placed in the center of the table, the seder plate is the focal point of the Passover meal. Simple or ornate, it can be made from wood, glass, metal, ceramic, paper, or just about anything. Whether it is a modern seder plate or a classic style, what’s on a seder plate remains the same.
Much of the traditional readings and ceremony feature the six foods found on the traditional seder plate:
- Roasted egg: represents the festival sacrifice or offering
- Roasted lamb: shank representing the paschal lamb sacrifice
- Karpas: (parsley) to be dipped in saltwater to represent the backbreaking work during slavery
- Charoset: (a mixture made of apples, nuts, wine, and cinnamon) symbolizes the mortar and brick used by the Hebrew slaves
- Maror: (bitter herbs, often horseradish) to represent the bitterness of slavery
- Chazaret: (romaine lettuce) a second bitter herb
Chabad, a pioneer of the Torah, Judaism, and Jewish information on the web, offers a detailed explanation as to the significance of each of the items on the plate.
While it is not traditional to bring Passover gifts to a seder, any of the modern seder plates above would make a wonderful wedding or Hanukkah gift.
Passover paper plates
Passover disposable plates are also a modern holiday idea. They are perfect for easy clean-up, with sets that handle all your needs for a large group. In fact, they satisfy traditionalists that don’t have a set of kosher for Passover dishes. Check out these options:
Also on the seder table
In addition to the items on the plate itself, a traditional table will also have a matzah plate and wine or grape juice. The matzah plate will have three pieces of matzo, representing the Kohens, Levis, and Israelites.
The middle (called the afikoman) is broken early in the Passover readings, the other two will be used later. (Passover matzah is an unleavened bread available for a few months before the holiday begins. We, however, like to make our own matzo.)
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