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Why do we pour wine out of the cup at the Seder?

When reading the Haggdah during the Passover Seder we spill1 wine from our cups into a broken bowl three times:1) At the mention of “blood, smoke,...

Why was it necessary for the Passover offering to be roasted?

Question: In Exodus 12:9, why is it imperative that the lamb be roasted in fire and not boiled or sodden with water? Answer: Sefer Hachinuch gives two...

What is the Karpas on the Seder Plate and what is its significance?

Karpas is the vegetable (onion, potato, parsley etc) that is dipped into salt-water and eaten toward the beginning of the seder, before the...

Practical Seder Guide

Moses would love to guide you through your Seder, and he hopes it won't take forty years. For the sake of brevity this article...

Is Karpas parsley or a potato?

Question: Rabbi, perhaps you can settle this argument I'm having with a friend: is Karpas parsley or a potato? Thanx-SederKid Answer: This...

Which of my children should ask the Four Questions?

Technically, only one of the children needs to ask the Four Questions (Ma Nishtana). However, it is customary for all the children (and grandchildren, if...

What's the significance of the matzah-maror sandwich?

The Short Answer: With regard to the Paschal Lamb the Torah says1 "they shall eat it with Matzah and Maror". The great sage...

What is the formula for pouring the wine from the cup during the seder?

We spill wine from our cups three times during the Pesach seder:1) At the mention of “blood, smoke, and pillars of fire.”2) At the mention of...

Is there a time limit to the Seder?

We eat the afikoman as “dessert” after the meal in memory of the Paschal Offering and the matzah which was eaten with that offering. ...

Is the Shema recited on the night of the Seder?

The Seder night is called Lail Shimurim -- a night that is guarded: a night on which there is protection from harmful elements. “[The night of...