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Among the many hagada versions in use at the seder I attended this year, some of them included Shir Hama'alos before birkas hamazon in the "Barech" section and others did not. Is there any reason to deviate from the usual practice of saying it on holidays on the night of the seder?

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    I'll do you one better: one of my Haggadot (a reprint of a 1784 Haggadah) started Barech at "Nevarech SheAchalnu MiSheLo". – Double AA Mar 28 '13 at 15:33
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    The practice of recite שיר המעלות בשוב may be tied to a fear that Torah might not be learned during the meal. As we have learned the Maggid prior to eating and (presumably) continued to discuss it over the שלחן עורך, the recitation of the מזמור shouldn't be necessary – Noach MiFrankfurt Jan 20 at 23:20
  • @NoachMiFrankfurt interesting, sounds like answerable material... – רבות מחשבות Jan 20 at 23:24
  • @רבותמחשבות, I don't have reasonable mekorot on hand, or I would've answered as such – Noach MiFrankfurt Jan 20 at 23:25
  • @DoubleAA I have never seen that, but it fits interestingly in since there is a discussion about how of all meals, this one's b'racha acharona needs the least invitation/introduction. – WAF Jan 21 at 6:01
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This Hebrew article on Shir Hamaalos gives me some thoughts on this that may answer the question:

Firstly, while this is a very widespread Minhag nowadays, it isn't all that old. Perhaps some of the Haggados that you were using were based on versions that were written prior to this custom being accepted in many communities. This would mean that there is no reason not to say it.

Secondly, the article seems to understand that the purpose of Shir Hamaalos is to remind us of the destruction of the Beis Hamikdash, but in a more positive, redemption-focused attitude:

...אמירת 'שיר המעלות' נועדה להזכיר לסועדים את החורבן גם אם אמנם מתוך תחושת גאולה אופטימית...

If so, on a night where we celebrate such Ge'ulah, it may be less appropriate to say it...

  • Good point about the provenance. The earliest (of 2) source the article mentions is the Sh'nei Luchos Hab'ris, so any publication printed or descended from something printed before 1630(?) or outside the (often mystical) influence thereof - not just hagados - would be expected to not have Shir Hama'alos. – WAF Jan 21 at 9:02

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