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

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Is Kos shel Eliyahu pogum?

Is the Kos shel Eliyahu after he drinks from it considered Pogum, and there fore one would not be allowed to use it until it is rectified?
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Why do we eat Matzah to commemorate what we did when we left Egypt, when we were already commanded to do so long before we left?

In the Haggadah, we say: ⁧מצה זו שאנוּ אוכלים, על שום מה? על שום שלא הספיק בצקם של אבותינו להחמיץ עד שנגלה עליהם מלך מלכי המלכים, הקדוש ברוך הוא, וגאלם, שנאמר: ויאפו את הבצק אשר הוציאו ממצרים עגת ...
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Guide for which parts of the Maggid (in the Seder) need to be done in Hebrew?

I have heard that most of the Maggid can just be done in your native language, but there are some parts which should be done in Hebrew. Which parts are these? (sources if possible, please)
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Why does the Hagada say "אחד"?

By the 4 sons - the Hagada says אחד חכם ואחד רשע ואחד תם... Why? It should just say חכם ורשע ותם ושאינו יודע לשאול!?!
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The simanei haseder (TOC of the seder)

Why was the simanei haseder created? Is there any real significance to them other than just being a table of contents? And Why do we chant or sing it at the start of the seder?
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Why make acronyms for the plagues? [duplicate]

In the Haggada, Rabbi Yehudah makes acronyms for the 10 plagues. What was the purpose of making these acronyms?
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The fifth son at the seder

I have heard multiple times about the fifth son at the Seder table, the one that isn't there. Can anyone tell me the source or who said it?
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Why Are We Blunting His Teeth?

We all know the famous question about the Rasha in the Hagada - why are we blunting his teeth? Can everyone please write all the answers they know? (besides for famous gematria; Rasha - Teeth = Tzadik)...
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Why did the Gra not say an after-blessing after karpas?

Ma'aseh Rav 191 records the practice of the Gra at his seder: ומטבל בחומץ ומברך בפה"א ואוכל כזית ואינו מברך ברכה אחרונה ... ואומר אשר גאלנו ומברך בפה"ג ושותה הכוס He dips [the karpas] in ...
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Rav Chaim Palagi and the 50th level of impurity in the haggadah

Rav Daniel Glatstein shlita says in a recent interview with ArtScroll (min. 23:24) that Rav Chaim Palagi, in his sefer Zechira Le'Chaim (Chaim Le Rosh, Haggadah Shel Pesach) divides the sections of ...
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Does Arba'a Banim mean four sons or four children?

I've seen Arba'a Banim translated as alternately four sons or four children. Are there any sources for whether the word "Banim" here means sons only or whether it should specifically be ...
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In the pesach Seder when we talk about מעשה שהיה בבני ברק. Why were the students not with their rebbeim?

In the pesach Seder when we talk about מעשה שהיה בבני ברק. Why were the students not with their rebbeim? As it says in the Seder רבותינו הגיע זמן קריאת שמע של שחרית. This clearly means that they weren’...
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How is דרך חירות fulfilled nowadays with הסיבה?

Raavya (12th-13th centuries) writes that as it is no longer the case that folks recline on couches when eating (as was common during the Greco-Roman period) one should eat upright at the table. Hagaos ...
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Why no bracha on telling the story of the Exodus?

Relating the story of the Exodus is a Biblical commandment. Why is there no bracha on specifically that? An answer on this site says that we talk about the Exodus in the kiddush, but that does not ...
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Order of the haggadah

Is there a logical order to the Haggadah, or is it just a collection of ideas/teachings relating to the exodus?
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Rav Menashe Klein on 4 cups for Seder Night

This website quotes Rabbi Menasheh Klein author of Mishne Halachos. "Why did they establish 4 cups for Seder and not 5?...The Zohar in Parshat Shemini explains the Kohen may not enter the Holy ...
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If Using *Chamar Medinah* for Dalet Kosos, is an Alcoholic One Preferred?

As discussed previously, the Maharil ("father of Ashkenazic customs") says it's okay to use mead at the Seder if someone has no wine (or presumably is deathly allergic to it), and the Ramah ...
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Dayenu as a Question?

Someone mentioned there exists a haggadah where the dayenu's end with a question mark and each are understood to mean "would it have been enough?" as opposed to the traditional understanding ...
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מַה נִּשְּׁתַּנָה הַלַּיְלָה הַזֶּה מִכָּל הַלֵּילוֹת - What is the etymology of נִּשְּׁתַּנָה (nishtana)? [closed]

I can find לְהִשְׁתַּנּוֹת where נִשְׁתַּנֶּה (nishtane) would translate to "we will change (ourselves)", but i cannot find where נִּשְּׁתַּנָה (nishtana) derives from. Or is it just old ...
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In every generation they rise against us - WHO?

We read in the Hagaddah: וְהִיא שֶׁעָמְדָה לַאֲבוֹתֵינוּ וְלָנוּ. שֶׁלֹּא אֶחָד בִּלְבָד עָמַד עָלֵינוּ לְכַלּוֹתֵנוּ, אֶלָּא שֶׁבְּכָל דּוֹר וָדוֹר עוֹמְדִים עָלֵינוּ לְכַלוֹתֵנוּ, וְהַקָּדוֹשׁ ...
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Theme of 4 really being 5 on Pesach

So if you ask anyone what is like the “golden number” of the Seder night, they would say 4 (as in 4 cups, 4 sons, 4 questions by mah nishtanah...). But I heard someone once say that it’s all kinda a ...
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Why is Moses not completely absent from the Haggadah?

Many explanations have been given about why Moses does not appear in the Haggadah, all of them plausible. But, technically, Moses’ name does appear there, fleetingly. When the rabbis recount the ...
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Why are the words related to Biur Chametz in Aramaic?

The paragraph we say on burning the chametz is in Aramaic. What is the reason for that part being in Aramaic, but not most of the Haggada? (The search is part of the prescribed Pesach ritual, as is ...
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Is it possible to say blessings on matzah and maror on Pesach Sheni?

The fact is that some Hasidim spend on Pesach Sheni a meal almost identical to the Seder. In addition, there are a number of people who were not able to have a seder on the night of Nisan 15 and they ...
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What was the "kur ha'barzel" aspect of galus Mitzrayim and was it effective?

In Sefer Devarim 4:20 it says: וְאֶתְכֶם֙ לָקַ֣ח יְהוָ֔ה וַיּוֹצִ֥א אֶתְכֶ֛ם מִכּ֥וּר הַבַּרְזֶ֖ל מִמִּצְרָ֑יִם לִהְי֥וֹת ל֛וֹ לְעַ֥ם נַחֲלָ֖ה כַּיּ֥וֹם הַזֶּֽה׃ but you יהוה took and brought out of ...
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Hallel in syngagogue on Pesach night before dark

Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 487:4 describes a custom to recite Hallel in the synagogue at the end of Arvit on the first (two) night(s) of Pesach. Some (e.g. Gra) link this custom to the practice found ...
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why don't we say a brocho on the Hagadah?

B"H the rule is is that we usually say brochos over Mitvos that we do. Since it's a Mitzvah to tell over the story of going out of Egypt on the first night of Pesach [as it even says in the ...
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If one eats Matzah without leaning, does one need to make another Brocho on the Matza?

BH The general law in the Gemara and brought in the Rambam and Shulchan Aruch is that one needs to lean while eating Matzah and drinking the 4 cups. The question is: Is the leaning an essential ...
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Emptying out Mitzrayim [duplicate]

If when the Jews left Egypt it says וינצלו את מצרים, they emptied out Mitzrayim, then where did all the silver and gold that the Egyptians had at the Yam Suf come from? And the spoils at the sea were ...
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Seeking halachic arguments for starting the Passover Seders earlier than Tzeit

Another thread (Starting the Seder after Sheki'ah (sunset)? Starting the Seder after Sheki'ah (sunset)?) included a discussion of the starting time of the Seders. This led me to search for ...
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Why the Placement of Pour Out Thy Wrath?

The paragraph "Pour Out Your Wrath" is in the Haggada after birchat hamazon and before Hallel. Why might it have been placed there?
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When did "Pour out your wrath" become widespread in Haggadot?

This website quotes Joseph Tabory as saying that the earliest known appearance of Pour Out Your Wrath in a Haggada was in the Machzor Vitry (p. 296) which dates back to around 1200 (See https://www....
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Mekor for Dayenu 'warfare' seder tradition

I recall seeing a minhag in which the participants enjoy hitting each other with scallions during Dayenu at the seder night. I don't know much about this but I was very curious on learning what is the ...
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Source of Chasal Sidur Pesach?

I have read that this piyut was intended to be recited on Shabbat Hagadol. Where does it first appear? Who wrote it?
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Chad Gadya Protects Us From Jealous Angels?

Someone told me in the name of Rav Ephraim Wachsman that after the angels see how much pleasure our Pesach Sedarim give Hashem, they become jealous, which creates an element of danger for Klal Yisroel....
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Who said Moshe is missing from the Haggadah to emphasize HaShem?

Where is the source of the Vilna Gaon/the Gra or any commentator explaining that Moshe is left out of the haggadah (besides the one time he is mentioned) in order to show that it was Hashem who did ...
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Hashem's name missing in Shir Hashirim

Why is Hashem's name missing in Shir Hashirim? The haggadah is so specific in mentioning Hashem's name over and over and instead leaves out Moshe's name (except one time). I'm wondering why then ...
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Karpas - Samech Parech

I've heard many times from my Rabbeim throughout the years that כרפס is the same letters as ס' פרך, representing the 60 myriads of Jews who were forced to do עבודת פרך (often translated as crushing ...
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Why is red wine prescribed for Seder, and what does it represent?

I have not seen specific references describing what the red wine represent in the Seder, and why the red wine is preferred. I know Moses did not write about it, but the tradition of the cup developed ...
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Annus al pi haDibbur

In the Haggadah, we read that Ya'akov Avinu descended to Mitzrayim 'compelled by Divine decree.' Most understand this to mean that Ya'akov understood that his reunion with Yosef would begin the ...
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Seder night songs

In the מגיד section of the הגדה does anybody know if there are any songs/tunes for: יכול מראש חודש מעשה של ברבי אליעזר Any part of the section starting צא ולמד רבי יוסי הגלילי up to דינו
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How can we make berachos after drinking during the Pesach Seder?

The Shulchan Aruch OC (99:1) writes שתה יין כדי רביעית אל יתפלל עד שיסיר יינו ואם שתה יותר אם הוא יכול לדבר לפני המלך אם התפלל תפלתו תפלה ואם אינו יכול לדבר לפני המלך אם התפלל תפלתו תועבה וצריך לחזור ...
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Why does the wise son ask "eidus, chukim and {then} mishpatim"?

The wise son in the hagadah says "What are the eidus, chukim and mishpatim that Hashem, our G-d, commanded you {or "us" according to another version}?" The question is: It's known {...
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Why two kzaysim of matza?

I saw that one eats a kzayis from the whole matza, and a kzayis from the broken matza. One reason given is because one is supposed to eat from the matza that hamotzi was said on and also eat from the ...
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Why the mismatch between the Haggada's Dayenu and its summary?

In the Haggada in the part of Dayenu it ends off with אִלּוּ הִכְנִיסָנוּ לְאֶרֶץ יִשְׂרָאֵל וְלֹא בָנָה לָנוּ אֶת־בֵּית הַבְּחִירָה דַּיֵּנוּ. If He had brought us into the land of Israel and had ...
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Why does the ben chocham ask what the mitzvos are if he is a chochom?

Title says it all, if the ben chocham is already wise, as proven from this itself that he asks "what are the adus, chukim and mishpatim..", implying he knows the difference between the three ...
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Why does the ben chocham ask "you"? [duplicate]

In one version of the hagadah the ben chocham asks "what are these adus, chukim and mishpatim, that Hashem commanded you"? (Another version says "us") Why does the ben chocham ask &...
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When Pesach falls on Motzei Shabbos, should women make Havdallah?

Although there are numerous customs, some have the custom that all present at the Seder - including women - recite Kiddush together. On a year such as this, where pesach falls on Motzei Shabbos, what ...
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Ba'al HaTanya on Echad Mi Yodeya

I heard from a Rav in a shiur that he saw written somewhere in the name of the Ba'al HaTanya an explanation for the song Echad Mi Yodeya at the end of the Haggadah. It seems a little incongruous to ...
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What's the source for the מעשה בר' אליעזר... שהיו מסובין of the הגדה?

I'm making a דרשה related to פסח and I want to look up the source of מעשה בר' אליעזר, I don't know where it's located, is it in גמרא, does it even have a source besides of the הגדה? מעשה בר' אליעזר ...
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