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?

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    In order that he should not fall asleep. Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 12:56
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    Zerizim Makdimin.
    – Seth J
    Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 13:24
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    Maybe kids will show up at Ha Lachma Anya
    – Double AA
    Commented Mar 18, 2013 at 14:36

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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.


Other reasons are:

Maharil says to make sure to get to the Afikomen by Chatzos, the Shlah adds also Hallel

Ksav Sofer (Sh't 118) says Zrizin Makdimin Lmitzvos

The Shulchan Aruch started with you should have your table set early for the reason of the children here are two other reasons:

Machzor Vitri says it's like every shabbos where the malachim come home with you from Shul and if the table is set he gives a bracha

The Aruch Hashulchan says it's the way of free people to have the table set for a long time before they eat

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