- Remembering the Bitter Affliction
Tasting Bitter Herbs. Take at least one ounce of the bitter herbs. Dip it in the charoset, then shake the latter off and make the blessing “al achilat maror.” Eat without reclining. The Seder Leader calls out Maror. Now take a kezayit (the volume of one olive) of the Maror, dip it into the Charoset to soften the effect but then shake off the Charoset that stuck to it, so that the bitter taste will not be neutralized. The following blessing is recited by all:
“Blessed are You, L-rd, our G-d, King of the universe, who has sanctified us with His commandments and commanded us concerning the eating of maror.”
“Barukh attah Adonai Eloheinu melekh ha-olam, asher kideshanu bemitzvotav ve-tsivanu ‘al achilat maror.”
Remembering the Bitter Affliction:
Now eat the Maror, without reclining. Eat the bitter herbs, remembering the sorrow, persecution, and suffering of our life in bondage to sin. As the horseradish brings tears to our eyes, so remember the bitter affliction of the children of Israel.