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I'm not sure about Ashkenazim, but Tunisians sing a whole bunch of songs in their own Judeo-Arabic (look up Nathan Cohen's recording of the haggadah), most of which are not in the Ashkenazic haggadah, and at least some Italians (check www.torah.it) sing Echad Mi Yodea and Chad Gadya in Italian. Abraham Baer has Chad Gadya in German in his compendium Baal ...


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The general point is made here in a Haggada printed in 1907. It doesn't give its source, and doesn't specifically point out how the 9 months fits. Regarding pregnancy, specifically, this is in the Talmud Sotah 11b, although I suppose the emphasis on "carrying pregnancies to term", as opposed to just working to have babies, could be a bit of editorializing by ...


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Likutei Taamim Uminhagin describes that it is to allow the steps to rhyme. Kadesh Urchatz Karpas Yachatz Magid Rochtza Motzi Matza


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The Rebbe himself has an answer, which I've seen mentioned in a couple of variations in a couple of sources. Basically, the specific wording of the Haggada is "Hakeh et Shinav," Hakeh with a KUF which doesn't mean to hit, but to BLUNT specifically, and davka his TEETH. THe wicked's son's entire approach is one of biting--why are you guys doing this? This is ...


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I can answer the second part of your question. The pasuk is quoted in order to make a "Gezairas Shava" between the two words "נְטוּיָה" in order to show that the word נְטוּיָה refers to a sword. A "Gezairas Shava" is one of the exegesic principle by which the Torah is elucidated. The basic premise of Gezairas Shava is that the occurrence of the same word in ...


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I could not locate any source that discusses the salt to water ratio. the idea behind the salt water is that it symbolizes the tears that the Israelites shed from the suffering of the hard work. If you wanted to adhere to this symbolism, I guess the amount of salt should be equivalent to the saline concentration of human tears. I'm no chemist, so I have no ...


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A weapon with a long blade for cutting or thrusting (source) Or this one (Avoda Zara 20b), a more fascinating description here אמרו עליו על מלאך המות שכולו מלא עינים, בשעת פטירתו של חולה עומד מעל מראשותיו וחרבו שלופה בידו, וטיפה של מרה תלויה בו As mentioned here, by Mida KeNeged Mida, Hashem punished the Egyptians with a sword since they thought to ...


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Modern Rambamist's also use it. These are non-Yeminite communities who have decided, usually as individuals, to follow Mishneh Torah almost exclusively, instead of later authorities like the Shulchan Aruch. I know of one such community in Beit Shemesh here in Israel, Ohel Moshe.


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Some highlights (you can glean this by simply reading Mishna Torah, but of course you have to compare it to a regular seder): Say a Bracha Achrona on the wine after every cup (at least according to this) Say a Bracha when washing before Karpas. Latter day practice has been to not say a bracha in deference to Tosfos opinion. Dip the Karpas in Charoses, not ...


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I am sure there is no such Minhag. As it is once one ate Matzo, Marror, Korech, and did Shulachan Orech it is often not easy to eat the Afikomen, and the Beer Hataiv 477:1 says that one should not be eating the Afikomen as Achila Gasa. If one ate an additional Korech sandwich it would make the Afikomen into Achila Gasa.


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Rabbi Mordechai Koster in his Sefer Gevuras Akiva writes that we use celery for Karpas since celery is a negative calorie food thus we are reminding ourselves that we worked in Egypt for no purpose, building buildings that sunk into the ground, etc. He goes on to say that we dunk it into saltwater as a reminder as to what happened to all the Egyptians that ...


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Sefer Hatodaa page 98 mentions that there are those that do so and those that do not. My families Minhag, which I have never seen or heard of elsewhere is to make egg soup. This is done by mashing the yellow part of the egg into hot water. Then cutting up the white part of the egg into small pieces, adding scallions, black pepper and salt. This is done ...


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since rama in 575 says we do not salt the matza on seder night we need to fulfill the custom of always having salt on the table. al kol karbanecha takriv melach. since the egg represents the korban chagigah this would be the appropriate time.


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It means who didn't explain it, why we eat all those things, so saying just the words wouldn't be sufficient either, so sign language is just fine. שולחן ערוך אורח חיים תעג סעיף ו הגה: ויאמר בלשון שמבינים הנשים והקטנים או יפרש להם הענין וכן עשה ר"י מלונדרי כל ההגדה בלשון לע"ז כדי שיבינו הנשים והקטנים Shulchan Aruch, Orach Chaim 473:6 Note: And he should ...


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Today I received an email from dailyhalacha.com that has a safardic take on this question: "Haham Ben-Sion defines haseva as leaning forty-five degrees to the left, and one must be leaning on something such as the back of the chair or the table, and not simply leaning to the side in mid air with no support. Leave enough room for this when preparing the ...


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The custom is mentioned in the Chok Yaakov on Shulchan Aruch O.C. 472 s.v. 2 who suggests a hint from the Talmud (although he doesn't actually suggest this is what the Talmud means) and says the purpose is to keep the children engaged and awake until then. The Chabad custom is to not do the stealing. The Lubavitcher Rebbe writes that the reason is to not ...


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There are 2 questions here. 1. Why isn't Birkat HaTorah an integral part of the Hagada? The first question is easy to answer. At the time when the Hagada was redacted, (about 1,800 years ago), it was assumed that everybody followed Halacha, and had therefore already prayed Shacharit, which includes Birkat HaTorah. But surely there were excpetions? We ...


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Sefer Abudirham in its comments on the Haggada, explains that: כדי להדר בו את כוס שני שכוס ראשון מהדרי בקידוש וכוס שני מהדרי במקצת ההלל שההגדה אינה אלא ספור דברים בעלמא וכוס שלישי מהדרו בברכת המזון וכוס רביעי מהדרו בהשלמת הלל [Hallel is split] in order to glorify the second cup, for the first cup is glorified with Kiddush, the second cup is glorified ...


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Chabad.org - Rabbi Baruch S. Davidson - quoting the Abarbanel in his Sefer Zevach Pesach says that the first part of Hallel talks about miracles that already occured. The Second part talks about miracles that will occur when Mashiach comes. In his commentary Zevach Pesach on the haggadah, the great Spanish scholar Don Isaac Abarbanel (1437–1508) ...


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R' Pinkus suggests an answer to this question in the introduction to his sefer ברכות בחשבון, which is an entire book about this piyyut. My translation of the first paragraph of his introduction: The relevance of this piyyut to the night of Pesach is because the night of Pesach is the time of the birth of Am Yisroel and the foundation of the entire ...


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R' Shimshon Pinkus published a sefer called ברכות בחשבון (that's breichos, not brachos) which goes through the song Mi Yodeya and explains the philosophical significance of each one and how it fits in to the chain of the song. His thesis is that the words of the refrain are not מה אחד מי יודע - "who knows what there is one of" - but rather "אחד מי יודע" - ...


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According to Kovetz Bais Aharon V'Yisrael note 20 in the center the earlier Stoliner Rabbi used a gold cup for the Seder.


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A relevant post from Halacha-a-Day, http://halocho.blogspot.com/ Posted: 25 Mar 2015 01:01 AM PDT Seder night consists of food and talk. Food: On Seder night there's a Mitzva in the Torah to eat a piece of Korban Pessach on Matza with Marror (bitter herbs). Until the Bet Hamikdash (temple) is rebuilt we only have the Matza and Marror. ...


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R' Yedidiah Tiah Weil (1700s, Prague), in his Hagada commentary Marbeh Lisaper (now available online in English translation by R' Mark Greenspan, in the Sefaria Haggadah), says that the enumerated items in "Echad - Mi Yodeya" allude to the favors that God did for us that are listed in "Dayeinu". Here's a brief synopsis of his explanations: “One is our God ...


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From this cached page: בשעת אמירת "עשרת המכות" שופך הגר"מ יין לתוך קערה, והמסובים מכריזים "ה' יצילנו" על כל מכה ומכה After every one of the 10 plagues, after spilling out some wine the communal response is Hashem Yatzilenu - may Hashem guard over us.


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Maharil (Minhagim Order of the Haggada 16) writes: הקשה מהר"י סג"ל הא דאמרינן טיבול ראשון למען ישאלו תינוקות, וכששואל מה נשתנה וכו', היאך משיבין לו עבדים היינו והא הטיבול אתא בשביל הנס. ואמר שנראה לו דהכי פי' דאנחנו מדמינן את עצמנו כבני חורין מפני הנס. ועוד טיבול ראשון אתא לגרר לבו לאכול מצה לתיאבון. ואמר מהר"י סג"ל שבנימוקי רבינו שמחה כתב דכך שואל ...


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The Talmud you cite states: אמר ליה רב נחמן לדרו עבדיה: עבדא דמפיק ליה מריה לחירות ויהיב ליה כספא ודהבא, מאי בעי למימר ליה? אמר ליה: בעי לאודויי ולשבוחי. אמר ליה: פטרתן מלומר מה נשתנה. פתח ואמר עבדים היינו.‏ R. Nahman asked his slave Daru: ‘When a master liberates his slave and gives him gold and silver, what should he say to him?’ ‘He should thank ...


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Triumph I have great confidence that our effort on this night which were offered with sincerity and prayers for positive connection and transference to our families were recognized and accepted in the spirit in which they are intended.



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