How to Conduct a Seder

The 14 steps of the seder, briefly explained.

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XII. Barekh--Grace After Meals. (Birkat Ha-Mazon)This is the usual "bentschen," grace after meals, including, of course, thankfulness for the Passover holiday. Fill the cup before this grace and drink the third cup at its conclusion, with the usual "bore p'ri hagafen" blessing.

At this point in the seder, we Open the Door For Elijah, who by tradition is the forerunner of the Messiah, the harbinger of hope. Sing "Eliyahu Ha-navi."

XIII. Hallel--Psalms of Praise. The rest of the evening is given over to hymns and songs. The Hallel is completed, and all join in singing songs: Adir Hu, Had Gadya, etc.

XIV. Nirtzah--Conclusion (Chasal Seder). With the traditional formula, the seder is concluded, and the we sing L'Shana HaBa'ah B'Y'rushalayim [Next Year in Jerusalem].

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Rabbi Barry D Lerner

Rabbi Barry Dov Lerner was ordained in 1970. Dr. Lerner had 10 years of experience as a student rabbi, and he has served as a congregational youth group leader and youth director prior to ordination. He has served for 34 years of experience in United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism congregational pulpits and 25 years on the staff of Camp Ramah.