ONE HARD-BOILED egg, one hard-boiled egg. The egg is a well-known symbol of spring and features in many different traditions at this time of year. For some, the egg is painted in bright colours, for others it is made of chocolate and wrapped in shiny, coloured foil. Across the Atlantic, eggs are rolled across the White House lawn at this season.
And all we have is one hard-boiled egg, one hard-boiled egg. Not only that, our version of the springtime symbol is roasted, burned on the outside to remind us of the Temple burntoffering at Pesach. We do not roll it around the seder table, or paint it in bright colours or replace it with foil-wrapped chocolate. All we have is a hard-boiled egg, one hard-boiled egg.
Whydon’twejazzitupabit,addsomerazzle dazzle to our dull and ordinary spring symbol? The arrival of spring is celebrated as a joyful time by those around us: why don’t we greet it with a sweet or colourful v e r s i on of our egg?
Our e g g s h o u l d b e pl a i n, i t i s right that it is just one hardboiled egg. A basic f ood item representing a basic human right that is the very essence of the seder: the right of every human being to enjoy freedom. And the fact that this freedom often has to be fought for, and the struggle for it can cause suffering to both victim and oppressor, is symbolised by the fact that this plain, simple egg is partially charred and burned. Freedom does not come easily but it is as fundamental to human existence as the humble egg. One hard-boiled egg, one hard-boiled egg. RABBI PETE TOBIAS Liberal Synagogue