Mi Yodeya is a question and answer site for those who base their lives on Jewish law and tradition and anyone interested in learning more. Join them; it only takes a minute:

Sign up
Here's how it works:
  1. Anybody can ask a question
  2. Anybody can answer
  3. The best answers are voted up and rise to the top

It says in SA OC Siman 472 that one should hurry to start the Seder in order that the children shouldn't fall asleep. If the person doesn't have any children is there still a reason to hurry to start the Seder?

share|improve this question
In order that he should not fall asleep. – Gershon Gold Mar 18 '13 at 12:56
Zerizim Makdimin. – Seth J Mar 18 '13 at 13:24
Maybe kids will show up at Ha Lachma Anya – Double AA Mar 18 '13 at 14:36

In general, we attempt to fulfill mitzvos quickly (be-zrizus). This quality is patricularly praiseworthy at the time of Pesach, since the scriptural allusion to it is derived from the passuk "and you will guard the matzos" which in drush is read "you will guard the mitzvos" and the midrash derives - mitzvah that comes into your hand, "al tachmitzena" - don't let it become chametz - i.e. don't mix it with time, don't delay it.

Rav Moshe Shapiro explains based on the Maharal that mixing it with time destroys the spiritual effect of the mitzvah.

So Seder, as all mitzvos, must be gotten to quickly.

On a separate note, some people are strict with opinion that afikoman needs to be eaten before chatzos, and that leaves not a lot of time to go through the haggadah, so people try to start early.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer


By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.