Beitzah a roasted hard boiled egg is an important part of the Passover meal

Cheryl E Preston
Beitzah a roasted boiled eggPhoto byLife in Messiah video screenshot

Beitzah is part of the Passover Seder

There are two traditions that take place during the Spring and sometimes they overlap. Ressurection Sunday observes the day believers in Jesus say He rose from the dead. It is on the first Sunday after the first full moon after the Spring Equinox so the date fluctuates. Passover is based on the Jewish calendar and falls on the 15th of Nissan and can come before during or just after Easter. Many Christian homes will have hard-boiled eggs for dyeing, egg hunts, and with meals. Jewish families observing Passover will have a seder which may include Beitzah a hard-boiled roasted egg.

Both holidays are supposed to fall on, or near, a full moon in the spring. Passover always begins on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan. Because the Hebrew months are pegged directly to the lunar cycle, the 15th day of Nisan is always a full moon.

Beitzah is cooked twice

To prepare Beitzah you first hard boil an egg, then lightly roast it on the stovetop or inside the oven while it is still enclosed in the shell. The egg is a reminder of the unique holiday sacrifice offering called the hagigah:

The voluntary sacrifices offered with the paschal lamb at the Passover and on other festivals by Jews on their pilgrimages to the temple at Jerusalem.

Passover celebrates the night Moses led the children of Israel out of Egypt which can be found in Exodus chapter 12 in the Bible. A roasted lamb and bitter herbs may also be on the Passover Cedar plate because that is what was eaten during the night the children of Israel left captivity.

A hard-boiled egg, usually roasted, is often placed on the Seder plate. Its roundness alludes to the cycle of rebirth and renewal, while it's burnt, sometimes cracked shell serves as a reminder of ancient sacrificial offerings.

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