Sedar

A Different (Second) Night

How do you make the second seder distinctive? Readers offer a variety of suggestions.

Staff Writer
04/13/2011

You sit down at the seder table, start the holiday meal with Kiddush, then déjà vu hits you: didn’t we do this last night?

For many people, the second seder — Yom Tov Sheni Shel Galiuot, which takes place only in the diaspora — is a challenge. Going through the same readings and rituals seems repetitive. Those who already asked “why is this night different from all other nights?” strain to make the second seder different from the first.

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A Warsaw Ghetto Passover

‘I never missed a seder,’ says survivor who risked his life to join family at a seder in the doomed Jewish quarter.

Staff Writer
04/13/2011

Near the start of the seders I conduct, mostly in former communist countries, I usually cite, then refute, the statement by Ahad Ha’am, the early Zionist leader, that “More than Israel has kept the Sabbath, the Sabbath has kept Israel.”

The seder, I say, has preserved the Jewish people; most are not shomer Shabbat; most go to a seder, even it involves a sacrifice.

That’s not bull. It’s Bull.

Irving Milchberg, spent a memorable seder in the burning ruins in 1943. Ontario Jewish Archives
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