MenuForward LogoJoin

Putting To Bed the Debate Over the Origin of the Seder Plate Orange

Many homes will have oranges on their Seder plates come the first two nights of Passover, starting Monday evening. And there will also be lots of different versions of the story explaining why we put it there.

Now Rabbi Andrew Sacks, head of the Conservative movement’s Israeli branch of the Rabbinical Assembly, has laid the debate about the origins of the practice to rest with a Facebook post — excerpting an email he received from Susanna Heschel.

Heschel, a professor of Jewish studies at Dartmouth College as well as the daughter of Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, wrote in her email to Sacks:

Share the Sisterhood

Share the Sisterhood

Share the Sisterhood

Close