Jewish families around the world famously incorporate all sorts of fascinating and quirky customs and traditions into their Seders.
For example, by coincidence or by design, at many Seders – including our own – each one of the attendees uses a different Haggadah.
Some enjoy whimsical and attractive illustrations and/or reams of commentary and explanations, while others prefer their Haggadahs straight up. (“Just the text, ma’am…”)
The more scholarly-inclined bring a stack of impressive tomes with them to the table. (As it so happens, a certain Shiputzim son was born a few weeks before Pesach. And as a result, over the years, he has amassed quite the Haggadah collection in the form of birthday presents.)
My personal favorite is the classic and ever popular “Zol Mehadrin – Sano” Haggadah. (There’s something about a Haggadah issued by a cleaning supply company in conjunction with a long-defunct supermarket chain which amuses me… :-))
Yet, having so many different Haggadot at one Seder table can be problematic.
I mean, it’s great that each family member has an opportunity to express his or her own individual taste, but there’s one catch.
Inevitably, minor disputes arise over those little instructions which every Haggadah thoughtfully provides.
You know, things like:
- “Uncover the matzot.”
- “Cover the matzot.”
- “Pour the next cup of wine.”
- “Lift the Seder plate.”
Apparently, according to the Official Haggadah Printers Bylaws – strictly enforced at the Annual Haggadah Printers Convention! – no two Haggadot may have the exact same set of instructions.
Thus, no Seder is complete without the requisite discussion about the proper time to pour the Third Cup: Should it be done BEFORE or AFTER the door is opened for Eliyahu HaNavi?
What’s your favorite Haggadah? How do you resolve these types of, um, Haggadah conflicts?