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The Sedarim
I wasn't sure what to expect for the sedarim as the Rabbi told me that at previous sedarim it went on until five in the morning. Wow, I thought to myself; that's ridiculously late. So the first thing you should probably know is that I didn't stay until five in the morning.

Both Elizabeth and myself attended the sedarim though she was not officially invited - such is the halacha when you are not jewish. So when you read about jewish people inviting non-jews to their passover seder they are... breaking the law, breaking the law... as the song goes.

There were a lot of interesting questions over the two nights and quite a few interesting insights. Here's one thing of which I was unaware: apparently during the time of the Mitzrim slaughter of the male babies, they didn't just kill the Jewish male babies but all of them - so that nobody would think that the Jewish people were being singled out.

The host is an excellent cook and served several courses including a fantastic meat stew - stew goes very well with shmura matza and the host holds that only shmura matza may be used during the 8 days of Pesach. The host makes such good food that when we got together for daf yomi last night and I had some leftovers, they tasted even better.

Both nights went until about two in the morning and on both nights we didn't start mamash eating until close to midnight - however, we actually ate the afikomen before sof zman on the second night whereas we missed it by a long shot on the first night.

Here was another interesting notion : "Mah nishtana" is translated incorrectly. Think about it. What does "mah" really mean - does it mean why? No, "l'mah" means why. Mah means what. Think on that for awhile. Chew on it like matza.

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melanyebaggins From: melanyebaggins Date: le 25 avril 2008 00:55 (UTC) (Lien)
mah...nishtana...so that would mean 'what is this night different...blah blah blah?' That doesn't...how does that change it much? *thinks* You know Hebrew waaaay better than I do ^_^
gordond From: gordond Date: le 25 avril 2008 01:49 (UTC) (Lien)
According to this interesting thing I read, the mitzva of leil seder is only to talk about the the nissim of yetzias mitzraim.

When you're talking about what, you're discussing the thing itself.

When you bring in why, you start having kashas and geshmak teretzes when in fact all you have to do is marvel at what Hashem did.

In fact, the Rishonim paskin that mah nishtana is not a question, it is a statement - what a night!
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gordond From: gordond Date: le 25 avril 2008 03:08 (UTC) (Lien)
Aye, that's the rub - if a seder is open to all then everyone is welcome. :) Elizabeth was welcome even though she wasn't per se invited. Lolz.
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