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Unformatted text preview: σ σ σ σ σ σ σσ σ σ σ σ The meal is now served. It is customary to start with hard-boiled eggs in or with salt water,
various explanations have been made for this custom such as, the roundness of the egg symbolizes
life, The salt water has also been connected to the Reed Sea over which we passed on our way out of
Egypt to the Promised Land so indirectly reminding us of the Song of the Sea as mentioned earlier.. It
has also been compared to the tears shed during our long and difficult Exile.
Hard-boiled eggs are also eaten as a sign of mourning. The first day of Pesach is the same
day of the week as is Tisha b'Av (the Ninth of Av), the day of the destruction of both Temples, which
we commemorate by a 25 hour fast. We thus connect life and the time of our redemption from Egypt
to the day of mourning for the Temple and exile from our Land to the redemption and return to Eretz
Yisrael, thus coming a full circle as is the egg. Together with the piece of roasted meat on the Seder
dish we also place a roasted egg as a symbol...
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