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What's the deal with horseradish at the seder?

TLDR: The Talmud's preferred plant for Maror is lettuce-like and leafy. In cold climates people started using horseradish root because it was still too cold to grow leafy plants at Pesach time, and if ...
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why does the ma nishtana say we dip 2 times when we actually dip 3 times?

This question can be addressed by noting that there is a dispute among the rishonim whether Korech should get dipped at all. See Tur O.C. 475 with commentaries, and Shulchan Aruch there with ...
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Hefsek between Karpas and maror?

The problem is not making a hefsek between המוציא and eating korech, because there isn't a problem to speak after the beracha rishona once you have already eaten. The Shulchan Aruch says not to make a ...
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Can one eat the marror from the keara over pesach?

Yes, it is preferable to eat the food from the ka'ara. That's actually why we put the food there- not just to remind us, but to actually be used. The exceptions are the zeroa (roasted shankbone or ...
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why does the ma nishtana say we dip 2 times when we actually dip 3 times?

We do not count the korech part as a dipping in the sense that we mean for karpas and Maror. It is a זכר למקדש כהלל and a way of accomodating both views as to how the matza and maror must be eaten. ...
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why does the ma nishtana say we dip 2 times when we actually dip 3 times?

Let us ask another question to help address this one: The question about the dipping is asked long before the Maror and Korech are dipped. So how is a child supposed to know to ask about why we have ...
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Bracha of "Borei pri ha'adamah" for horseradish at the seder?

The Magen Avraham was bothered by this (OC 475:2) and suggests that there is no need to say Shehakol since you can rely on the opinions that Hamotzi covers it. He further suggests that even Shehakol ...
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Shaking Off Charoses

The Ran in pesachim 115a asks that how come we have charoses on maror and we're not concerned that it will be mivatel the taste of the maror. He answers since its just a dip it's not chashuv since it'...
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Must one be able to taste the matzah?

There is a simple explanation. Rava, who holds on 115b that you can swallow matzah whole (presumably because you don't need to taste it) argues with Ravina's ruling on 115a that the taste of the maror ...
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Why on the pesach seder do we eat the matzo which represents freedom before we eat the maror which represents slavery?

I have seen in a number of hagados that one cannot fully appreciate the maror that he has gone through until after he has entered the salvation sent by Hashem and is looking back. Matza symbolizing ...
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