Seder Plate - How Is This Night Different From All Other Nights?

The framework of this seder plate represents the frame of a window. Fabricated from steel dollhouses, the window represents the home as the location of the seder. Looking through the window from outside, the table is set. Invite a stranger to eat with friends and family.

The framework of the window separates the symbolic foods. Traditionally the seder plate outlines five symbolic foods: lamb shank bone, parsley, roasted egg, horseradish root, and charoset.

The orange is a recent addition. The story goes that during a heated discussion about whether women should be ordained as rabbis, a heckler called out that women belong on the Bimah (the pulpit) as much as an orange belongs on the seder plate. Since then an orange is placed on the seder plate as a feminist statement about women's participation in Judaism. Tradition and observance unite to celebrate this festive occasion.

This Seder plate has a total of twelve windows. The extra windows show additional symbolic references to the Seder service. For example, stars are a prominent background since the Seder service takes place immediately after sundown. Other windows refer to the Haggadah's narration of the Seder service. To complete the explanation of the twelve windows a diagram is included. Each window in the diagram is numbered to correspond to the written explanation.

Dimensions: 20.25" height
12.5" width
1.75" depth

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