Passover

Sitting around the seder table with friends and loved ones, we tell the Passover story, ask questions, philosophize, and drink lots of wine. Shop Judaica.com for your Passover needs! We carry seder plates, haggadahs, matzah covers, wine cups, and more. We guarantee that our products will make your seder a night to remember. Read about the 15 seder steps below.

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The main ritual that marks the Passover holiday is the Passover Seder. This combines a Passover meal with the telling of the Passover story. There are 15 parts of the Passover Seder:

  • Kadesh: Recite the blessing over wine. One down, three more glasses to go!
  • Urchatz: Wash for vegetable, usually a piece of celery, potato slice, or onion sliver.
  • Karpas: Dip your vegetable of choice in salt water and eat.
  • Yachatz: Break the middle matzah and choose the bigger half to put away as afikomen, to be eaten later.
  • Maggid: Tell the story of Passover and the Exodus from Egypt. It’s gonna be a long night...
  • Rachatzah: Wash for matzah and say the blessing “...Asher kiddishanu b’mitzvotav v’tzivanu, al netilat yadayim.” Who sanctified us with his mitzvot and commanded us in the ritual of washing hands.
  • Motzi matza: Say the blessings over Matzah (“Hamotzi Lechem” and “Al Achilas Matzah”)
  • Matzah: Eat the matzah. There isn’t room on the seder plate for this large item. Find a matzah cover.
  • Maror: Try to down those bitter herbs. Charoset might sweeten these a little but they won’t hide the bitter taste, sorry.
  • Korech: Time to make a sandwich of matzah, charoset, and maror. Why anybody thinks it’s a good idea to continue filling up on maror and matzah when there’s about to be a delicious meal served is beyond reason. But it’s all part of the seder magic.
  • Shulchan orech: Enjoy a dinner-feast. You probably filled up from the matzah and maror, but now it’s time to enjoy a full-on holiday feast, maybe test out that Passover joke you heard last week.
  • Tzafun: Hide and seek to find the Afikomen. Some kids like to sneak these away from the adults earlier in the evening and hold for a ransom of treats, or re-hide in their own genius hiding spots. Either way, they probably deserve a reward for seder participation. And that’s a thing.
  • Barech: Say grace after meals
  • Hallel: Praise G-d with beautiful psalms
  • Nirtzah: Half a night and four glasses of wine later, we finally end the seder by wishing each other “L’shana Habbah B’Yerushalayim.” May we merit to celebrate next year in Jerusalem.

 

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