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Episode 73: An Orange Belongs on the Seder Plate Like...

Hard-boiled egg—check. Greens—check. Charoset, maror, shank bone—check. These are the traditional seder plate items that represent the themes of Passover. Many people have also adopted the feminist tradition of including an orange... but what does it symbolize, and how come so many people have the story wrong? In this episode of Can We Talk?, host Nahanni Rous talks with Susannah Heschel, who created the ritual in the 1980s, about the real meaning behind the orange. She also talks with her aunt and cousin, who introduced the orange to the Rous family seder.  

Released April 5, 2022
  • (L) Susannah Heschel, who created the ritual of putting on orange on the seder plate in the 1980s. Photo courtesy of Susannah Heschel. (R) Janice Stieber Rous' seder plate. Photo courtesy of Janice Stieber Rous. 

  • Anya Stieber Rous' seder table. Her mother, Janice, is standing. Photo courtesy of Anya Stieber Rous. 

  • Anya Stieber Rous. Photo courtesy of Anya Stieber Rous. 

  • Collage of Susannah Heschel and Seder Plate with Orange
  • A group of people seated around a seder table.
  • Photo of Anya Rous

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Jewish Women's Archive. "Episode 73: An Orange Belongs on the Seder Plate Like...." (Viewed on June 28, 2022) <https://jwa.org/podcasts/canwetalk/episode-73-orange-belongs-seder-plate>.

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