Good morning, I have two questions about Passover I was wondering if you could answer.
1) Is it permitted for my family to have the Seder not Friday evening but Saturday afternoon? This is because my Grandma would not be able to attend on Friday since she has to go to bed earlier by a doctor’s order, and we want her to participate
2) I know about the Seder and Passover Kosher. What else is there that distinguishes the routine of the 8 Passover days from the others during the year?
Thank you for your questions.
- The night of Passover is time when G-d descended on Egypt and exactly at midnight the firstborn of the Egyptians started to die, which caused the Exodus. For this reason, the special Passover seder is made specifically at night, as the special commandment to eat Matzoh, the four cups of wine, recite the Haggadah, etc. are specifically meant to be at night. It is sad that your grandmother won’t be able to partake in this special night. Perhaps she can take a long nap during the day, and wake up right before the seder, this way she will be able to partake in the seder.
- Yes, there are a number of other customs that differentiate Passover from other days The most important one is that for the eight days of Passover we are not allowed to have any “chametz” (technically translated as leaven). Anything made from wheat, barley oats rye or spelt, that came in contact with water for longer than 18 minutes will become chametz. Therefore, we rid our homes of all bread, pasta, pretzels etc. It is not only the diet that is different about Passover, but the fact that our property and homes are also “chametz-free”.
Best wishes and have a happy and Kosher Passover