The First Dipping
The blessings: Blessed are You, Lord, our God, sovereign of the universe, who creates the fruit of the earth. Ba-ruch ata Adonai, Elo-hei-nu melech ha-olam, Bo-rei pree ha-ada-ma.
Salt water represents our tears as slaves in Egypt. In my bereavement, as time goes by, what are still the sources of my tears? What still makes me cry? Is there anything that still enslaves me to my tears? The karpas, the spring vegetable, represents renewal that comes in the spring-time. As I move from grief and mourning back into a full and renewed life what is yet growing in me and what comes alive in me again?