The Longest Seder ContestHow Late Will Your Seder End?

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    shmoel
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    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!

    #1199568

    WolfishMusings
    Participant

    I will not compete.

    The Wolf

    #1199569

    Chacham
    Participant

    I will not complete

    #1199570

    yeshivaguy45
    Participant

    I will not compete. Sorry

    #1199571

    Sam2
    Participant

    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.

    #1199572

    2facer
    Participant

    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?!

    #1199573

    ZeesKite
    Participant

    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.

    #1199574

    supergirl613
    Member

    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!

    #1199575

    wanderingchana
    Participant

    We still haven’t finished second night from last year.

    #1199576

    shmoel
    Member

    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!

    #1199579

    TheGoq
    Participant

    I usually duck out after the last kos, singing is not my thing.

    #1199580

    Chacham
    Participant

    shmoel- i first have to finish last years

    #1199581

    yungerman1
    Participant

    shmoel- You are aware that some say the story did not happen on pesach night, right?

    #1199582

    ItcheSrulik
    Member

    Later than yours.

    #1199583

    gefen
    Participant

    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.

    #1199584

    giggle girl
    Participant

    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!

    #1199585

    hershi
    Member

    We usually make a minyan for Sefira towards the end of the second Seder, and finish about 2:30 AM.

    #1199586

    147
    Participant

    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.

    #1199587

    shein
    Member

    What time do you late-birds get to Shachris?

    #1199588

    gefen
    Participant

    Shachris? What’s that??? 😉

    #1199589

    haifagirl
    Participant

    I started around 9 and finished around 10:30.

    #1199590

    bekitzur
    Participant

    We finished around 2:30 the first night and 3:00 the secondnight.

    #1199591

    YW fan
    Participant

    I stayed up the whole night!!! My Seder ended at around 5:40 AM and then I Davened V’Sikin!!! 🙂

    #1199592

    gefen
    Participant

    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.

    #1199593

    TheGoq
    Participant

    Thats sounds incredible YW fan!, i was in bed by midnight the first night and 1230 the second night wine+heavy food=sleep

    #1199594

    giggle girl
    Participant

    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!

    #1199595

    wanderingchana
    Participant

    We had our most meaningful seder ever, although we finished “early” by anyone’s standards.

    #1199596

    YW Moderator-42
    Moderator

    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 😉

    #1199597

    popa_bar_abba
    Participant

    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.

    #1199598

    Patri
    Member

    What time are you using? When you finished Chad Gadya or when you hit the pillow? Let’s, at least, all be consistent.

    #1199599

    mom12
    Participant

    both nites at 5am

    #1199600

    147
    Participant

    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 😉

    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.

    #1199601

    ambush
    Participant

    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 Prague

    #1199602

    shuli
    Participant

    ours lasted until 11;30

    #1199603

    Torah613Torah
    Participant

    2:something both nights. I only used 1 hagada and 2 books this year. My siblings’ divrei Torah are improving.

    #1199604

    1 both nights

    #1199605

    🍫Syag Lchochma
    Participant

    We just finished our seder. We ran late because I hadn’t turned over my kitchen.

    #1199606

    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?

    #1199607

    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’!!!

    #1199608

    Wisey
    Participant

    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.

    #1199609

    YW fan
    Participant

    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 🙂 so we just stayed up partying until V’sikin! 🙂

    #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)

    #1199611

    RABBAIM
    Participant

    With Talmidim joining night 1 @6am. With family an a few non religious guests night 2 @3am.

    #1199613

    Goldilocks
    Participant

    Poppa Bar Abba,

    Cute…very cute!

    But I’m pretty sure that the story you’re refering to happened to the Noda B’Yehuda and not to the Maharal.

    #1199615

    YW fan
    Participant

    All I could say is boy am I glad someone invented bein hasedarim! 🙂

    #1199616

    takahmamash
    Participant

    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.

    #1199617

    barlev
    Participant

    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 soup

    #1199618

    Joseph
    Participant

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    #1199619

    Chortkov
    Participant

    The ???”? in his Haggadah writes ?? ????? ???? ???? ?????? ??? ?? ?????.

    Apparently, there is a mekor for the competition.

    #1199620

    takahmamash
    Participant

    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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