Questions tagged [passover-seder-hagada]

The seder (ceremonial meal of the first night or two of Passover) and the haggadah (text used at that meal).

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Where does the Torah actually speak of the 4 Sons?

In the haggadah, we read כְּנֶגֶד אַרְבָּעָה בָנִים דִּבְּרָה תוֹרָה "corresponding to 4 sons the Torah spoke" There are specific p'sukim which discuss the reasons for Passover, but how does any ...
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Does the blessing on the karpas cover the pineapple eaten as dessert at the Pesach meal?

At the Pesach Seder, there is a custom to make a blessing “borei pri hoadomoh” on the karpas and have in mind that this will cover the moror when it is eaten later. There is a custom to make a ...
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Not Standing During Hallel of the Seder

Shulchan Aruch Harav Orach Chaim 473:48 says we don’t need to stand during hallel לְפִי שֶׁכָּל מַעֲשֵׂי לַיְלָה זֶה הוּא דֶּרֶךְ חֵרוּת, לְפִיכָךְ אֵין מַטְרִיחִין אוֹתוֹ לַעֲמֹד. How come, ...
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Is there a specific “Shaliach”? [duplicate]

In the haggadah, when the text comments on various verses, it discusses Hashem's taking the people out of Egypt, and explains that it was done לֹא עַל־יְדֵי מַלְאָךְ, וְלֹא עַל־יְדֵי שָׂרָף, וְלֹא ...
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Can one eat the marror from the keara over pesach?

Is it okay to eat the marror and chazeret from the keara (seder plate) ?
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Were there really 5x as many makkos at yam suf?

Towards the end of the haggadah, there is a paragraph discussing how many makkos there were at yam suf: רבי יוסי הגלילי אומר- מנין אתה אומר שלקו המצרים במצרים עשר מכות ועל הים לקו חמישים מכות? ...
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Are the words זרוע and צרוע connected?

Are the words זרוע the bone which is used with Pesach, and צרוע the outstretched arm of our G-d grammatically symbolically connected?
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Must everyone say every word in the Haggadah?

My Halachic Questions: Does everyone (adults) at the seder have to read the haggadah to themselves? (non-sefard) I have heard the Rema requires it, are any mattir? Can the leader of the seder ...
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Why Break the Matza of Yitzchak?

The three matzos of the seder are compared to Avraham, Yitzchak, and Yaakov (Maaseh Rokeach Seder Leil Pesach § 58). Why do we specifically break apart the middle matza (ויקח מצה האמצעית ויבצענה לשתים ...
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Why Break the Matza of Levi?

The Arizal compares the top matza to the Kohen, the middle to Levi, and the third to Yisroel (Pri Eitz Chaim Pesach (6:4) - תקח הג' מצות מצה שמורה, ותניח הכהן למעלה, והלוי למטה ממנו, והישראל ...
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Shaking Off Charoses

The Shulchan Aruch (475:1) says ואח"כ יקח כזית מרור וישקענו כולו בחרוסת ולא ישהנו בתוכו שלא יתבטל טעם מרירתו ומטעם זה צריך לנער החרוסת מעליו ויברך על אכילת מרור ויאכלנו בלא הסיבה - take a ...
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How and in what sense can the matzoh and moror nullify the Korban Pesach?

The Oruch HaShulchan in Simon סימן תעה quotes the Rambam (פרק שמיני דין ו:) ואחר כך מברך "על נטילת ידים"... ואחר כך כורך מצה ומרור כאחת, ומטבל בחרוסת ומברך "ברוך... אשר קדשנו במצותיו ...
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Eggs in Salt Water at the Seder

Minhagei Yeshurun (119) writes היה אסור לכהני מצרים עפ"י דתם לאכול מלח לזה צוו חז"ל לאכלו בפסח בסעודה זו למען עשות נגד חקיהם טעם אכילת תחלה בצים מבושלות הוא גם כן למען עשות נגד חוקי המצרים כי ...
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Greeting Elijah during coronavirus

We are nearing Pesach and the Passover Seder. A time when Jews open the door for Elijah. Many Jews interpret Malachi 3:23, “Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great ...
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Small Seder Ideas (5780)

Unlike many past years when many of us enjoyed large seders with friends and extended family, we may all have very few people sitting around our seder tables this year (5780), and many of us will have ...
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What is the best haggadah to prepare/use in a Seder with 6-12 year old kids?

There are a literally a million Hagaddos out there, but i need something that helps me explain Magid to young kids in a way that gives over sipur yetzias mitzayim, not nice vertilach. The past couple ...
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Virtual Pessah seder?

Today (25 March 2020) a group of 14 Sephardic rabbis in Israel approved the holding of virtual seders, provided the video conference is operating before the start of Pessah and left running after the ...
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Reconciling the Rashbam's understanding for leaning left with the anatomy of the throat

The Gemara (Pesachim 108a) rules: פרקדן לא שמיה הסיבה הסיבת ימין לא שמה הסיבה ולא עוד אלא שמא יקדים קנה לוושט ויבא לידי סכנה Lying prone is not called leaning. Leaning right is not called ...
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What is the minimum number of people for a seder?

This year, many people will be quarantined and unable to invite people to their seder or go to another's. Some will be with their immediate family, and others alone. I'm wondering whether this is a ...
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How should someone with a cast on his right arm lean?

Bi'ur Halacha, OC 472:3, poses the following question: How does someone with a cast on his right arm lean at the Seder? On the one hand, he can only use his left arm to eat, so he should lean right. ...
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May one perform the Seder out of order?

Does the order of the Seder matter? So long as each mitzvah is performed internally properly (i.e., at least a kezayis of matzah is eaten at some point in the Seder, all the required sections of ...
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Washing for Urchatz when you eat your Karpas with a fork

Based on the Gemara in Pesachim 115a-b (as explained by the primary Meforshim there) the reason we wash before Karpas is so that our hands don't make the water on the vegetables Tamei when we touch ...
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When was the din of Arba Kosot created?

The earliest source I found for the four cups in the Seder is the first Mishna in Pesachim 10: On the eve of Pesah close to minhah one may not eat until nightfall. Even the poorest person in Israel ...
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Where do the headings of the parts of the seder come from? [duplicate]

Every seder I have ever attended begins with a list of the different parts (simanim) of the seder. This list is often sung and consists of the following: קַדֵשׁ וּרְחַץ כַּרְפַּס יחץ מגיד ...
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Is there an official haggadah?

Is there an official haggadah? How does one version of a haggadah have authority over another? Is there a most popular one, a controversial one?
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Why no bracha on the four cups of wine

Most of the time when doing a mitzvah, we say a bracha on the performance of the mitzvah itself (eating matza, lighting hanukkah candles, etc). On seder night, one of the most famous mitzvot is ...
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Why don't we say “this is a Succah our forefathers used in Exodus”

On the Seder Night, we say הא לחמא עניא - this is the bread our ancestors ate in Egypt. The Torah says we should sit in Succos as G-d made Succos in Exodus (Lev 23.43). לְמַעַן יֵדְעוּ דֹרֹתֵיכֶם ...
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In modern Jewish Passover meals, is the wine mixed with water?

The reason why I am curious about this is because every Christian church (except the Orthodox Armenians) adds water to the wine in the Eucharistic chalice before consecration. They also claim that ...
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Did the wicked son see the Exodus?

I know this is a little out of season but I am learning the Hagadah with the Malbim commentary. We are told in the Hagadah that the wise son will ask his question in the future, meaning he didn't see ...
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Do slaves owned by jews observe shabbat (day of rest)?

To my understanding it is a commandment of God that those who live among jews observe Shabbat. Historically, slaves owned by jews must have lived among them. Does Gods commandment apply to slaves, if ...
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When to make kiddush at a Seder with no wine?

What is one supposed to do on Seder night if he has no wine (nor chamar medinah if that’s relevant) at all? On a regular Friday night one would make kiddush on bread under these circumstances (...
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Why is the word “Makkat” added to 10th plague of Bechorot?

Why does the Haggadah refer only to the 10th plague with "Makkat" and not by the other 9 plagues? :אֵלּוּ עֶשֶׂר מַכּוֹת שֶׁהֵבִיא הַקָּדוֹשׁ בָּרוּךְ הוּא עַל־הַמִּצְרִים בְּמִצְרַיִם, וְאֵלוּ הֵן ...
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Question on inclusion and placement of Nishmat section in the Hagadda

We have nishmat through yistabach in the Hagadda right after the Great Hallel (Psalm 136). Why are those specific paragraphs from the morning davening included, and why do they come immediately after ...
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In Exodus, when exactly they “could not delay” until the dough was leavened?

THe Torah says (Ex 12,39): וַיֹּאפוּ אֶת־הַבָּצֵק אֲשֶׁר הוֹצִיאוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם עֻגֹת מַצּוֹת כִּי לֹא חָמֵץ כִּי־גֹרְשׁוּ מִמִּצְרַיִם וְלֹא יָכְלוּ לְהִתְמַהְמֵהַּ וְגַם־צֵדָה לֹא־עָשׂוּ לָהֶם׃ And ...
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Why “Go Out and Learn”

Why does the Haggada say צֵא וּלְמַד מַה בִּקֵּשׁ לָבָן הָאֲרַמִּי לַעֲשׂוֹת לְיַעֲקֹב אָבִינוּ - Go out and see what Lavan tried to do" Why not just learn it or hear it rather than "go out and see"? ...
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Why break Hallel in the middle of a parsha?

On Pesach night, following Beis Hillel we break up Hallel between חלמיש למעינו מים and לא לנו. This is in the middle of a parsha, according to the Keter (navigate to Psalms --> From 114_2 to 118_1) ...
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Fourth cup after starting Nirtzah

The semi popular Passover Haggadah by Rabbi Nathan Goldberg strangely puts drinking the fourth cup at the seder after starting a couple of songs from nirtzah. I've never seen this in any other ...
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שליח-השליח: why the difference?

How come in the paragraph starting ויוציאנו ה' ממצרים… the first time the Hagaddah says ולא ע"י שליח, and the second time ולא השליח?
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How did Lavan become so evil and why wasn't he punished?

As in the previous question, the Haggadah mentions the wickedness of Lavan that surpasses the wickedness of Pharaoh. THat wickedness seems inconsistent with the general story of the Torah - Eisov was ...
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Why at the Seder night it is not sufficient to be wise?

The Haggadah says: וַאֲפִילוּ כֻּלָּנוּ חֲכָמִים, כֻּלָּנוּ נְבוֹנִים, כֻּלָנוּ זְקֵנִים, כֻּלָנוּ יוֹדְעִים אֶת הַתּוֹרָה Listing 4 different qualities means that each one is not sufficient, and ...
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Why does מורא גדול and nothing else in the verse refer to גלוי שכינה?

In the Haggadah, we quote the Sifre's exegesis of Deut. 26:8 (in which I've boldfaced quotations from the verse itself): And God removed us [from Egypt] … with a strong hand — this refers to the ...
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Why don't we ask “Why is this night different from all other nights?”

The Mishnah (Pesachim 116a), when recording the Mah Nishtanah, phrases the question as: מה נשתנה הלילה הזה מכל הלילות?‏ The most literal translation I can muster from this is: What is ...
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Must maariv be said before the seder?

One who says maariv at shul surely says maariv before the seder. If one davens at home, must maariv be said before the seder? (This question came up in a comment to Why is counting the omer not in ...
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Why don't we (or when do we) use a lenient definition of nightfall on seder nights?

There are various positions on when we can say maariv (evening prayers), corresponding to various positions on when the day ends (and, thus, a new day begins which starts from the night). But the ...
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Why is counting the omer not in all haggadot?

We count the first day of the omer on the night of the second seder, yet some prominent, traditional haggadot do not include the bracha for counting (e.g., ArtScroll, Koren, Steinsaltz). Why not?
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What is parperet hapat

Mishnah Pesachim 10:3 says: מְטַבֵּל בַּחֲזֶרֶת, עַד שֶׁמַּגִּיעַ לְפַרְפֶּרֶת הַפַּת [he] dips the lettuce until he reaches parperet hapat What exactly does parperet hapat mean in this context? ...
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What is the significance of using specifically a chicken for the Zero'ah?

The Chabad custom and possibly others is to use a chicken neck as the zero'ah. Why specifically do we use a chicken to substitute for the Korban Pesach and not any other animal or fowl?
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Is Karpas strictly required?

I was under the impression that Karpas isn't strictly required; as long as one has something to get the kids to ask, that should be enough. This is a position shared by other Mi Yodeyans as well. By ...
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Is there a connection between each of the four expressions of redemption and the respective four cups?

Chazal tell us that the four cups of wine correspond to the four expressions of redemption (Shemos Rabbah 6:4, Rashi to Pesachim 99b DH Arba Kosos, etc.). Is there any specific correlation between ...
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Is one supposed to eat the zero'ah (shank bone) from the Seder plate?

I'd appreciate some clarity on this issue as I have heard and seen conflicting answers on this - in viewing various questions on this site as well as instructions in a haggadah. Here's some of what I ...

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