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What do you use for karpas?
Carrots  
 1%  [ 1 ]
Radish  
 21%  [ 20 ]
potato  
 46%  [ 43 ]
celery  
 4%  [ 4 ]
onion  
 8%  [ 8 ]
parsley  
 5%  [ 5 ]
more than one  
 10%  [ 10 ]
other  
 1%  [ 1 ]
Total Votes : 92



Rubber Duck




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 7:01 pm
Potatoes!
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lkwdgirl




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 7:07 pm
amother Kiwi wrote:
Voted radish, because you only gave 2 options.
But we have potatoes, radishes and celery

I thought I put 4 options. Carrots radishes potatoes celery. Oh well
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singleagain




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 7:09 pm
lkwdgirl wrote:
I thought I put 4 options. Carrots radishes potatoes celery. Oh well


Would you like me to edit the poll? I can do that as a mod. Should I maybe also add a poll for other?
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amother
Snapdragon


 

Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 7:20 pm
Never heard of carrots or radishes. And I’ve been going to Pesach programs since I was born so I’ve seen plenty of different minhagim.
We’ve used potatoes and sometimes celery.
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amother
Silver


 

Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 7:37 pm
Never heard of using carrot or radish. Grew up with parsley. Been using potato since I got married (as potato or onion is Chabad minhag).
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funkyfrummom




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 7:47 pm
We use onion... but I also have celery and/or parsley available because of our guests. We have each man build his own kaarah.

Never heard of using carrot.
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amother
Purple


 

Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 7:52 pm
My teacher in seminary taught us a mnemonic for KaRPaS:

(K)arrot
(R)adish
(P)otato/(P)arsley
(S)elery

I never heard of onion till Imamother
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a2z




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 11:23 pm
singleagain wrote:
Would you like me to edit the poll? I can do that as a mod. Should I maybe also add a poll for other?


Please do
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Simple1




 
 
    
 

Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 11:42 pm
Celery. My picky eater eats potato.
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amother
Denim


 

Post Tue, Apr 02 2024, 11:56 pm
I grew up with radish, my DH with potato and parsley. I prepare a bit of both and everyone picks what they want.
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amother
Candycane


 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 12:07 am
I grew up with potato. DH's mom grew up with tomato and his father uses potato. DH learned that it should be something green so he likes parsley but will take celery or even a green pepper in a pinch. We try to have a bit of everything on the seder plate, especially if we're having guests.
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amother
Daylily


 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 1:06 am
My husband's family eats celery.

In my fathers and his patents house we technically ate onion, but also had potato for my grandmother who grew up w potato and did not want to eat onion. Guess what most of us ate!
My other grandparents ate parsley.

I never heard of carrot until now.
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amother
Moccasin


 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 1:08 am
Grew up with potato and celery (and onion on the keara)
DH does potato and cucumber
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Hashem_Yaazor




 
 
    
 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 1:51 am
Celery. Both growing up and after married.
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essie14




 
 
    
 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 3:29 am
potato, radish, kohlrabi, parsley
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coffee icecream




 
 
    
 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 4:07 am
Wow never heard of most of these options.. carrots cucumbers radish..
We've always done onion or potato
Knew that parsley was done in theory as that was always on the pictures.
Simply just curious, isn't karpas to remind us of the tears/ bitter times mitzrayim? How does carrot/ cucumber remind us?

ETA that would be in reference to the saltwater
Regarding the vegetable, it seems to be any can be used in theory

See here:
The Name Karpas
The Talmud does not specify which vegetable should be dipped, and in fact any vegetable may be used, other than those that may be used for the maror. However, many have the custom to use a certain vegetable by the name of karpas,since the word karpas (כרפס), when reversed, can be read as ס' פרך. The letter samach has the numerical value of 60, and perach means “hard labor,” so the word karpas alludes to the sixty myriads of Jews (600,000) who were enslaved with hard labor.8
But which vegetable is identified as karpas? Some say it is a leafy green like parsley or celery. Yet, many have the custom to use root vegetables such as potatoes, radishes and onions. The Chabad custom is to use onions or potatoes.
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singleagain




 
 
    
 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 4:15 am
coffee icecream wrote:
Wow never heard of most of these options.. carrots cucumbers radish..
We've always done onion or potato
Knew that parsley was done in theory as that was always on the pictures.
Simply just curious, isn't karpas to remind us of the tears/ bitter times mitzrayim? How does carrot/ cucumber remind us?


The saltwater reminds us of the tears/ bitter times

The vegetable to dip into it can be any vegetable that is with the bracha of hadama with one exception you are not allowed to use marror.

If however, marror Is the only vegetable you have then you do the bracha of marror at the karpas portion of the seder.

This is one reason why I like banana and sometimes strawberry.

Well banana was the minhag of Rav of my community. The Rav who founded my community. I forget if it was either to prove that the banana was hadama or if it was to make the children ask questions.

Plus there's something that I just really enjoy about the banana in the salt water which I know kind of defeats the purpose because it's like actually really sweet but it's one of my favorite minhagim, So much so that the year I was married and had pesach with my ex's family I asked my FIL to make sure to buy a banana for me.

ETA..I was posting before you added your ETA. I didn't like erase the bottom of your post and rewrite it
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amother
Hotpink


 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 4:38 am
amother Fern wrote:
Same. I didn't realize carrots and radishes are most common?


They're not...
Most people use pototo or celelry
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watergirl




 
 
    
 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 4:57 am
We use potato now, but both my husband and I are BTs, I grew up conservative and he was reform, and both of our families used parsley because it represented the greenery of spring (and the egg represented spring and new growth, so on and so forth).
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bsy




 
 
    
 

Post Wed, Apr 03 2024, 5:52 am
Celery. But my father doesn't really eat celery (bec of bugs) so he takes a cherry tomato or cucumber
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