April 6, 2012 1:50 am at 1:50 am #602829
At the Seder we all recite the famous story of Rabi Elazar Ben Azariah and Rabi Akiva and Rabi Tarfon et al, when their Seder in Bnei Brak only finalized when their Talmidim came to tell them it is time for Krias Shema shel Shachris. Wow! We all know how important it is to recite Magid retelling Yetzias Metzrayim at the Seder table.
In this honor, we today hereby inaugurate the First Annual CR Longest Seder Contest. We will all post on Chal HaMoed how late our Seder ended. And the Gold, Silver and Bronze CR Seder medals will be awarded to the first, second and third place winners respectively.
Good luck on finishing the latest! May the best story tellers win!April 6, 2012 3:06 am at 3:06 am #1199568
I will not compete.
The WolfApril 6, 2012 3:10 am at 3:10 am #1199569
I will not completeApril 6, 2012 3:16 am at 3:16 am #1199570
I will not compete. SorryApril 6, 2012 3:16 am at 3:16 am #1199571
We end between 12 and 1 as the elderly members of our Seder can’t go much later than that. A late Seder for the sake of having a late Seder would defeat the purpose. Judaism is not a religion of competition. There is no need to be better than anyone else, certainly when “better” is determined by something as subjective as who takes longer to talk, read, and eat a meal. It’s possible for some to have a more meaningful Seder in two hours than others have in 6. And it will almost definitely be more meaningful if the goal of that 6-hour Seder is solely for the sake of saying, “My Seder lasted 6 hours.”
Oh, and, needless to say, I will not compete.April 6, 2012 3:17 am at 3:17 am #1199572
i read somewhere that a certain Rebbe likes to act out the story of yetzias metzrayim and so many bochurim volunteer to sift throught tons of sand the entire night before the seder to check for any chametz in the sand before they spread it over the shul floor. crazy or what?!April 6, 2012 3:21 am at 3:21 am #1199573
I would dare posit that it’s the ‘tochen’ that counts. These great men were totally into it – at their level – a whole night.
This is the night of chinuch, tradition. Parents to children, Rabbis to pupils. What we put in, stays. Every minute counts. HaShem attached such an importance and significance to these mitzvhos. Indeed, this is Toldos Am Yisroel, our emergence as Yidden. Lets all try to give it our very best, to come out of it as a better Yid.April 6, 2012 3:23 am at 3:23 am #1199574
guys, why not? It’ll be fun! So it won’t exactly be a contest, but still you can still partake in the fun! Count me in!April 6, 2012 3:24 am at 3:24 am #1199575
We still haven’t finished second night from last year.April 6, 2012 3:41 am at 3:41 am #1199576
Chacham: I will not complete
I know how badly you wanna win, but still, you are mechuyiv to say Krias Shema shel Shachris. So you will have to complete by that time. You can’t just keep your Seder going on forever…
But I do commend you for having the right spirit!April 6, 2012 4:47 am at 4:47 am #1199579
I usually duck out after the last kos, singing is not my thing.April 6, 2012 12:03 pm at 12:03 pm #1199580
shmoel- i first have to finish last yearsApril 6, 2012 1:54 pm at 1:54 pm #1199581
shmoel- You are aware that some say the story did not happen on pesach night, right?April 6, 2012 3:08 pm at 3:08 pm #1199582
Later than yours.April 6, 2012 4:32 pm at 4:32 pm #1199583
Ours usually end somewhere between 3 and 5 am. No exaggeration here. If we ever end at 1 or 2, that’s considered early! Once, one of my daughters and I actually watched sunrise right after we finished our seder.
I’ll let you know how late this year’s sedarim will be. See you on chol hamoed.April 6, 2012 4:39 pm at 4:39 pm #1199584
Well, my family ends late!
It’s so amazing to hear the birds chirping in the wee hours of the morning. First it gets really dark. As the Seder goes on, night goes on, too. Soon enough we start to see the sun peeking out of the darkness. The moon begins to fade away giving way to the brilliance of the sun. It beautifully enhances and concludes our Seder!
Not only are we remembering a Nes that happened to us many years ago and reliving it, but we are also experiencing a daily Nes that we don’t always get to see. Mah Rabu Maasecha Ha-Shem!April 6, 2012 6:39 pm at 6:39 pm #1199585
We usually make a minyan for Sefira towards the end of the second Seder, and finish about 2:30 AM.April 6, 2012 7:28 pm at 7:28 pm #1199586
I have tremendous respect for the Remo:- hoRav Moshe Isserles ZTKLLH’H, and he holds that one should even have the 4th Kos prior to Chatzos haLailoh, so my ambition is to comply with the Pesak of the Remo.April 6, 2012 8:48 pm at 8:48 pm #1199587
What time do you late-birds get to Shachris?April 6, 2012 9:46 pm at 9:46 pm #1199588
Shachris? What’s that??? ğApril 7, 2012 6:30 pm at 6:30 pm #1199589
I started around 9 and finished around 10:30.April 9, 2012 1:05 am at 1:05 am #1199590
We finished around 2:30 the first night and 3:00 the secondnight.April 9, 2012 1:31 am at 1:31 am #1199591
I stayed up the whole night!!! My Seder ended at around 5:40 AM and then I Davened V’Sikin!!! ğApril 9, 2012 2:50 am at 2:50 am #1199592
Our first one ended really early – around 1:30!!!! That’s because we were all exhausted from a CRAZY DAY of plumbing problems, unexpected last minute out of town guests, broken jars of freshly made chrain, etc etc.
Our second seder, however ended close to 4:00. Now that’s more like it! But Yummy did her usual shtick of ending her seder before the rest of us and hit the sack by 12:30ish. She’s not a late night person.April 9, 2012 3:32 am at 3:32 am #1199593
Thats sounds incredible YW fan!, i was in bed by midnight the first night and 1230 the second night wine+heavy food=sleepApril 9, 2012 5:52 am at 5:52 am #1199594
The first night I went to sleep at about 2:20 a.m. The second night I went to bed at 4:25 a.m. I have no idea what time I actually fell asleep on either night. Boy, was I tired afterwards!April 9, 2012 6:19 am at 6:19 am #1199595
We had our most meaningful seder ever, although we finished “early” by anyone’s standards.April 9, 2012 8:43 am at 8:43 am #1199596
Here in Hawaii we finished at 4:30am. So that’s 9:30am NY time, and 4pm Israel time so we beat all of you ğApril 9, 2012 3:17 pm at 3:17 pm #1199597
We were going to end on time, but then the Maharal came and announced that there was a mistake in the clock, and that it was really yesterday. So we had to keep on going.
Dogs don’t really like my bread.April 9, 2012 11:06 pm at 11:06 pm #1199598
What time are you using? When you finished Chad Gadya or when you hit the pillow? Let’s, at least, all be consistent.April 10, 2012 1:48 pm at 1:48 pm #1199599
both nites at 5amApril 10, 2012 11:13 pm at 11:13 pm #1199600
Here in Hawaii we finished at 4:30am. So that’s 9:30am NY time, and 4pm Israel time so we beat all of you ğ
You probably beat us all in Hawaii, as according to Rav Tuchinsky’s Shita, we assume you had the 1st Seder this past Thursday nite, and your 2nd Seder, this past Friday nite.April 11, 2012 9:51 pm at 9:51 pm #1199601
Ha! For your extra day of Pesach you only have me to thank…
– Uncle Simon
P.S. try the Noda B’Yehuda, not the Maharal although he also was a Rav of PragueApril 11, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm #1199602
ours lasted until 11;30March 28, 2013 4:18 am at 4:18 am #1199603
2:something both nights. I only used 1 hagada and 2 books this year. My siblings’ divrei Torah are improving.March 28, 2013 4:40 am at 4:40 am #1199604
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1 both nightsMarch 28, 2013 5:07 am at 5:07 am #1199605
We just finished our seder. We ran late because I hadn’t turned over my kitchen.March 28, 2013 5:14 am at 5:14 am #1199606
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SYAG LCHOCHMA. noone knows what country you are in so it doesnt help us to say that you just finished? what time is it by you?March 29, 2013 1:35 am at 1:35 am #1199607
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WOW! i x know how the ppl whos seder finished at 4-5 got up the next day!
I had trouble pulling the men out of bed and we were in bed by 3 the first night and 3.45 the second night! and that was after clearing up so we prob finished like 2.45 and 3.30
U really get schar for ‘v’chol hamarbeh l’saper’!!!March 29, 2013 2:50 am at 2:50 am #1199608
I finished the seder at 12:30 and then read through midrashim about yetzias mitzrayim until chatzos (1:30) to fulfill “kol hamarbeh lisaper”. I think that according to the shitah that the korbon pesach/afikoman can only be eaten until chatzos so too the mitzvah of sippur only goes until then (???? ??? ???…..) I was somech on this shitah and went to sleep afterwards in order to have energy to spend the next day learning.March 31, 2013 2:33 am at 2:33 am #1199609
1st seder went untill….6:15 and then we davened V’sikin! the 2nd night a bunch of boys came over and we ended a little earlier…5:30 ğ so we just stayed up partying until V’sikin! ğMarch 31, 2013 2:46 am at 2:46 am #1199610
We finished approx 2:15 first night and 2:30 second night (par for the course; one year we randomly finished around 4, but usually we try not to go past 2:30)March 31, 2013 8:31 am at 8:31 am #1199611
With Talmidim joining night 1 @6am. With family an a few non religious guests night 2 @3am.March 18, 2015 7:40 pm at 7:40 pm #1199613
Poppa Bar Abba,
But I’m pretty sure that the story you’re refering to happened to the Noda B’Yehuda and not to the Maharal.April 6, 2015 2:43 pm at 2:43 pm #1199615
All I could say is boy am I glad someone invented bein hasedarim! ğApril 6, 2015 4:29 pm at 4:29 pm #1199616
I have a friend here who told me his family’s seder started half an hour late because one of the tables collapsed. He said bottles of wine broke and one seder plate went flying.April 7, 2015 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm #1199617
We only do one seder
The Rama paskenes to finish hallel before chatzos, but we just about managed afikoman on time, we had 15 minutes for shulchan orech, didn’t have time for the soupApril 22, 2016 2:05 am at 2:05 am #1199618
<bump>April 22, 2016 7:40 am at 7:40 am #1199619
The ???”? in his Haggadah writes ?? ????? ???? ???? ?????? ??? ?? ?????.
Apparently, there is a mekor for the competition.April 23, 2016 7:40 pm at 7:40 pm #1199620
Finished around 2:20, and walked in the front door at home at 3. by far the longest (and coincidentally the most meaningful) seder we’ve been to since we made aliyah.
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