|The Cup of Sanctification|
- sanctifies the table and preparations
- shows the father's approval of the whole family's labor
- sanctifies everything between this year and the last.
The matzo, which is striped and pierced, is then hidden in a linen envelop with three compartments. The middle piece is taken out and broken. Half of the bread is wrapped in a linen napkin and buried. The hidden matzo will be resurrected later.
The youngest child, who rests on his father's chest, asks questions about the ceremony. During this cup the father opens the Haggadah (the showing), the Passover book and reads about the exodus.
While he reads--for two hours--the ceremonial foods are eaten:
- red horseradish--the bitterness of slavery
- parsley dipped in water--the crossing of the Red Sea
- lamb--an unbroken leg
- charoset--a mixture of apples, walnuts, wine and honey--the mortar that held the bricks the Jewish slaves built in Egypt
- matzo--the absence of sin
- uneaten, roasted egg