Thursday, March 26, 2015

Preparing for the Seder

Preparing for the Seder
Day: Thursday
Date: March 26, 2015
Parshat: Tzav
Yalkut Yosef: 472-480

The Seder table should be set early enough so that one can begin the Seder immediately upon returning from shul. Both men and women are required to drink the four cups. Children should also be given the four cups so that they will learn how to fulfill the mitzvah properly, especially if they are old enough to understand the story of yetziat mirayim. It is a mitzvah to give the kids incentives such as candies to encourage them to stay up and ask questions. Ideally the Seder should begin after tzet hakochavim but if one began early, as long as he recited kiddush after shekia he does not need to repeat it. However he should not dip any of the vegetables or eat the matza until after tzet hakochavim. It is even better if one can wait until the Rabenu Tam time before starting the seder, however if there are kids around who will have a hard time staying up he should not wait. It is also good for the kids to rest during the day so they will be able to stay up as long as possible and be part of the seder.

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