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Why is it necessary to eat a vegetable that requires HaAdamah for Karpas? Why not an onion, parsley, or other herb that might require SheHaKol (for not being normally eaten that way), or a fruit that requires Ha'Etz?

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Not your fault, but your linked question doesn't source its assertion that it HAS to be haadamah –  Double AA Mar 5 '13 at 3:14
    
@DoubleAA Source is P'sachim 114b: פשיטא היכא דאיכא שאר ירקות מברך אשאר ירקות בורא פרי האדמה –  Fred Mar 5 '13 at 4:06
    
@Fred Is that l'ikuva? –  Double AA Mar 5 '13 at 4:14
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@DoubleAA At least according to Tosafos (ad loc. s.v. Zos Omeres), it seems to be necessary so that the borei p'ri ha'adama will cover the maror. According to some other rishonim, it must be a certain vegetable called karpas which happens to require a bp"h. –  Fred Mar 5 '13 at 5:06
    
@Fred But see Tosafos on the next page (115a sv. Vehadar) who disagrees that the goal is to exempt the Maror. –  Double AA Mar 5 '13 at 5:20
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