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Is there any halachic reason why we do the seder in the order that we do? It seems that many of the components of the seder are halachically mandated, but is there any halachic mandate that we do them in a particular order, or is this just a custom that has arisen?

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Well, the different seder parts have a nice rhyming: Kadesh uRchatz - Karpas Yachatz, Magid Rachtza - Motzi Matza etc. – yair Apr 22 '13 at 23:25
Well, kadesh, rochtza, motzi matza, and barech pretty obviously (I think) have to be in that order. Likewise kadesh, shulchan orech, and barech. – msh210 Apr 23 '13 at 2:14
@yair That's probably post facto to the decision to have it in roughly that order. – Double AA Apr 23 '13 at 2:36
@msh210 yeah some of them are obvious. For example, urchatz must come before karpas, but that could really be anywhere in the seder, as well as korech. – Daniel Apr 23 '13 at 4:20
@ShmuelL Well I would say the fact that we make such a big deal about the order of the Seder makes me wonder why we do it in that order at all. It is called the Seder after all. – Daniel Apr 14 '14 at 13:39

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