The Order of the Seder:
The word Seder means order. Tonight's ritual is performed in a specific order, as it has been for thousands of years. The steps represent the Shir Ha'ma’alos in Psalms - the fifteen songs of ascent. Our Seder follows a fifteen-step ascent.
The SEDER of the SEDER
Kadesh - We say the Kiddush - the first cup of wine
Ur'chatz - We wash our hands
Karpas - We dip a vegetable in salt water, and say a blessing
Yachatz - We break the middle matzah, and hide the larger half, the Afikomen
Maggid - We tell the story of Passover, including the four questions, and the second cup of wine
Rachtzah - We wash our hands with a blessing
Motzi - We say the blessing for bread
Matzah - We say the blessing for matzah
Maror - We dip bitter herbs in charoset, and say a blessing
Korech - We eat a sandwich of matzah and bitter herbs
Shulchan Orech - We eat the festive meal
Tzafoon - We eat the Afikomen
Barech - We say the blessings after the meal, say the blessing over the third cup of wine. We welcome Elijah, the prophet
Hallel - We sing songs of praise
Nirtzah - We complete our Seder, praying that G-d accepts our service
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