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I have always wondered something about the Passover seder. Is the host being motzi everyone with his seder plate, or does everyone/every head of household* need to make a plate and personally carry out the entire seder? If not, what parts of the seder must be performed individually? (For example, those listed here? ... Karpas? Yachatz? Motzi matzah? Korech? ... Other parts?)

*I am also wondering if a husband would be motzi his wife and children over bar mitzvah, or if either of them would need to make their own seders.

Related: At the seder, does everybody make kiddush?

  • I'm confused what obligation you think the plate fulfills. Plates are just convenient places to keep food. – Double AA May 26 '16 at 13:45
  • What parts of the seder are not performed by everyone in your experience? Yachatz? I can't think of anything else. – Double AA May 26 '16 at 14:44
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    "I'm confused what obligation you think the plate fulfills. Plates are just convenient places to keep food." While that is surely true according to the G'mara, modern hagados definitely refer to a seder plate, and such a plate is so well known (by those who know about the seder) that I don't think it requires an explanation. Is there something you think can be improved w.r.t. the plate reference in this post? I think it is perfectly fine as is. – msh210 May 26 '16 at 17:26
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    @DoubleAA not a seder plate issue, but I have definitely heard of sedarim where only the leader washes before karpas. If one isn't observant of washing for wet vegetables all year long, one person washing may well achieve whatever purpose this washing has (eg raising kids curiosity, symbolism with temple ritual & purity, etc). – Ze'ev Felsen Jul 14 '17 at 6:09
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    @SAH Pickles any time of year? – Ze'ev Felsen Sep 24 '17 at 4:23

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