A pineap­ple for the Seder plate

The Jewish Chronicle - - LIFE -

OVER the past 20 years or so it’s be­come the custom in some house­holds to add to the tra­di­tional items on the Seder plate an or­ange, as a sym­bol of egal­i­tar­i­an­ism.

It orig­i­nated with the Amer­i­can scholar Susan Heschel, who once read a re­mark by a rabbi that there was as much room in Ju­daism for a les­bian as for a crust of bread at the Seder. Not wish­ing to use bread on Pesach, she chose an or­ange in­stead.

In sub­se­quent years, the Re­con­struc­tion­ist Rab­bini­cal Col­lege (RRC) has sug­gested other em­blems: such as beet­root, to show com­pas­sion to­wards an­i­mals, or olives, to pray for Is­raeli-Pales­tinian peace.

You will need a pretty big plate to ac­com­mo­date this year’s rec­om­men­da­tion — a pineap­ple. Prized in early Amer­ica as a sign of wel­come and pros­per­ity, the RRC says, it should stand as a sym­bol of hos­pi­tal­ity to the mil­lions of refugees through­out the world who are “cross­ing through danger and into un­known lands”.

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