Forgotten Judaica

Seder Plate

In keeping with the rich and colorful heritage of the Passover tradition, Forgotten Judaica is proud to offer the handcrafted Seder plate. These plates are inspired by both Eastern and Western influences, drawing from the Passover plates crafted in Syria and Persia, as well as the English Gorham craft of applying sterling silver appliqué.  Hand hammered from flat copper sheets, and decorated with the symbols of Passover (parsely, shank bone, horseradish root, charoset, egg, and greens).  Each symbol is lifelike and beautiful, and symbolic to the significance of the history of Exodus from Egypt.

The items on the Seder Plate can be described as follows:

Parsley:  Traditionally dipped in salted water and eaten, this symbolizes the tears shed by the enslaved Jews, while the parsley represents the coming spring.

Shank Bone:  This represents the Passover sacrifice, in which a lamb was offered as a sacrifice in the Temple of Jerusalem, and then eaten as part of the Seder meal.

Horseradish:  This bitter root symbolizes the bitterness of the ordeal that Jews experienced in ancient Egypt.

Charoset:  The texture of this sweet-tasting item is coarse and pebbly, and dark colored.  This represents the mortar that enslaved Jews used for bricklaying.  There are many different recipes for charoset.

Egg:  The egg signifies the festival sacrifice that was offered at the Temple in Jerusalem.

Greens:  Also representing the bitterness of enslavement, romaine lettuce is often used for the Chazeret portion of the Seder plate.

A seventh symbolic item, three pieces of matzot, are served on a separate Seder plate, in accordance with the tradition of not owning or consuming any leavened products during the Passover holiday.  This unleavened bread symbolizes the haste with which the enslaved Jews left Egypt in the Exodus.  Because they left so quickly, they could not wait for the bread to rise, resulting in unleavened bread for the journey.

The Seder dinner is a significant family tradition. Held on the first night of Passover, (as well as on the second night, outside of Israel), Seder is a time when families come together and read the Haggadah.  The Haggadah relates the story of the Exodus from Egypt, and serves as a guide for the way the Seder is carried out. 

Forgotten Judaica’s lovingly crafted Seder plate is a beautiful way to commemorate the Seder dinner, and can be used as a lasting family heirloom.  Harkening back to a time when ritual objects were used to pass down the traditions and customs of the Jewish culture, and were created to stand the test of time, Forgotten Judaica’s items are a beautiful, proud addition to any Jewish home.  Traditional items, from Torah Pointers to Shabbat Kiddush cups, can be found at www.forgottenjudaica.com.  The Forgotten Judaica family has traveled extensively throughout eastern and central Europe in search of figurative Judaica.       Through these travels, beautiful beloved pieces of Judaica were discovered, their significance and symbolism remaining as strong as the day they were crafted.