Saturday, April 16, 2011

Set the table in advance


The seder table should be set for the first night of Pesach before Yom Tov begins, so that the seder will begin as early as possible. [This is certainly true in a year when the seder is after the clocks have been changed, so that nightfall is very late.]

However, this is not an option for the second seder [celebrated by Jews who live outside of Israel], because one may not prepare for the second day of Yom Tov during the first.

(Shulchan Aruch Orach Chaim 472:1, 503:1; Mishneh Berurah 503:1)

Chag kasher v'sameach,

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