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Seder Plate

Seder Plate

Untitled

Neil Goldberg (American, b. 1963)
New York, United States, 1996
  • Matzah and paper in epoxy resin and wheels
  • Height: 5 in. (12.7 cm) Diameter: 12 1/4 in. (31.1 cm)
  • The Jewish Museum, New York
  • Purchase: Judaica Acquisitions Fund, 1998-44
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CLOSE LOOKING / VISUAL ANALYSIS:

  • Describe Neil Goldberg's seder plate. What do you think it is made of? Why do think the plate is on wheels? What do you think of Goldberg's use of an actual matzah for the plate?

  • The six spirals on the plate are made up of questions that kids had asked of God. What do such questions have to do with a seder plate?

  • Goldberg left his seder plate untitled. What title would you give it?




FOR FURTHER DISCUSSION:

After giving students ample opportunity to examine this piece, lead them in a discussion of related topics and themes.

  • Goldberg's seder plate is partly about questions. What questions would you ask people about Passover that might elicit interesting responses? What questions would you ask God? What questions would you ask Neil Goldberg about his seder plate?

  • Goldberg's piece is also about leaving in a hurry--the matzah and the wheels both relate to the Jews' hurried exodus from Egypt. What do you think it was like for the ancient Jews to have to leave their homes so suddenly? Do you think the story of Passover would have been different if the Jews had been able to take their time leaving Egypt? Why do you think the Jewish tradition places so much importance on retelling the story of the Exodus?