Ulrich Witzmann



The Pessach Seder Plate

Finalista del „Spertus Judaica Prize 1996“ en Chicago

The Seder Plate seems to be hovering over the table, symbolizing the joy of having been set free from slavery in Egypt.

Regarding the colors, the red glaze symbolizes the blood used to identify the Jewish homes in Egypt, thus saving them from God’s punishment (God said to Moses: „When I see the blood I will „passach“ over you.“ (Exodus XII)). The blue color describes the sky as seen in freedom. The sand-colored rim symbolizes the long march through the desert, with the incised decorations suggesting the crossing of the Red Sea along with several significant landmark sites during the journey.

The candlesticks’ design reminds the reeds where Moses was found as a baby. At home, each time I listen to my son Marco (now 8 years old) during the Pesach Seder singing the „Ma Nishtana…“, explaining the meaning of the ritual food and following the story of the Hagada, I feel so lucky and proud to enjoy this family feast in our international/multireligious family. Not to forget but to remember, because history is part of ourselves. I guess this is the main reason why I decided to create this Pesach Plate.

Nieder-Olm, 1996