Monday, April 6, 2009

Hard-boiled eggs at the Seder


Some customarily eat hard-boiled eggs at the seder; several explanations are brought for this practice, including:

1) Eggs are part of a traditional meal of mourning, and we mourn for the loss of the Beit haMikdash [Temple], with its associated korban pesach;

2) The egg is used on the seder plate, in many traditions, to commemorate the korban chagigah, a celebration korban that Jews bring in the Beit haMikdash when they come visit for a yom tov [holiday].

(Code of Jewish Law Orach Chaim 496:2; Mishneh Berurah 496:11)

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