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In terms of improvements, I think that going through and replacing any blatant sheimot would make sense and be pretty easy. De-jargonification or glossary-building would be a bigger, more tedious task, and footnoting/bibliographying would be even bigger and more tedious.
@DoubleAA Here are 69 open, answered, upvoted questions in that have been asked since H-MY was published
Looking for questions that would fill in Seder sections that we don't yet have in H-MY ...
Q: Why do we say we don't dip food on other days?

DannoIn the four questions, we ask "on all other nights, we don't dip, even once, but on this night, we dip twice" How can we ask this if we dip challah in salt on Shabbat (and other days)?

Q: Why does Rav Saadia Gaon say to make a bracha by Orchatz and Borei Nephashot after Karpas?

Avram LevittIn the Siddur of Rav Saadia Gaon on page 136, where he discusses the Pesach Seder, he says that when we do Orchatz we are supposed to make a bracha, and after Karpas to say Borei Nephashot. However, Ashkenazim and Sefaradim do either. If to do this was the norm then, why do Ashkenazim and Sefarad...

Q: What does the word "Karpas" mean?

YehoshuaThat which by the Seder on Pesach we eat "karpas", what does this word actually mean and where does it come from?

Yachatz: Probably could shoehorn almost any question related to matza
Q: What's the best way to dip maror into charoset if you're using horseradish?

Monica CellioEvery seder I've ever been to has used ground horseradish for maror, and "dipping" it in the charoset ends up being implemented as putting both maror and charoset on a piece of matzah and eating that. In reviewing the haggadah today, though, it struck me that this takes away from the symbol of t...

Q: Why do we make blessings on mitzvot d'rabbanan at the second seder?

user5092As far as I know mitzvot such as eating marror or saying hallel at the Pesach seder are only rabbinic (the marror was biblical previously but I am told that is no longer so). If this is the case and if it is the case that the second day of Pesach is treated as a yom tov (in the diaspora) because ...

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Q: What can I feed a vegetarian at my Pesach seder?

Monica CellioWait wait, it's not a question for Seasoned Advice. :-) I have a vegetarian (not vegan) coming to my seder this year. Most of the vegetarian staples (as far as I know) are chametz or kitniyot. For a yom tov meal I want to strive for "festive", something that will be as appealing as the meat th...

Q: Why does the haggadah say to lean specifically to the left?

Monica CellioThe haggadah (several copies that I've looked at, so I'm assuming this is universal?) tells us when eating certain foods at the seder to recline or lean to the left. I understand why we lean (the haggadah tells us that), but why the left in particular? Is this because of historical practice (ma...

Q: Hardboiled eggs and salt water at the Seder

Seth JI've participated in only 3 different families' Passover Seders, so my experience is limited in terms of different families' traditions. How widespread is the custom of eating a hardboiled egg in salt water at the Seder, and what are the source and reason behind it? EDIT: Is it codified anywhere?

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Q: Why do we call the Festival of Matzos "Passover"?

Bruce JamesToday we observe what we call "Passover" or "Pesach" beginning on the evening of the 15th of Nisan, and then for seven days in Israel and eight days elsewhere. But the Torah, at Lev. 23:5 and Exodus 12 describes "Passover" or "Pesach" as the day the Pesach offering was brought in the Temple -- t...

Q: Given Chametz by a Guest on Pesach - how to react?

YishaiAn invitation was given to someone to a Seder on Pesach and they show up with a nice, expensive bottle of Single Malt Scotch Whisky (which is unquestionably barley-based if you don't want to check the link). What Halachicly acceptable alternatives does the host have to react to such a gift at tha...

Q: Why do we burn chametz instead of other ways of destroying it?

user5092Before Pesach we burn whatever chametz we have not sold or otherwise removed from our ownership. Why specifically do we burn it instead of finding another way to dispose of it? Perhaps a lest wasteful way would be to feed it to fish or other ownerless animals.

Q: When was the last Korban Pesach done?

aviIn which year, or decade, was the last Korban Pesach performed by Jews on Har Habayit? So far, my research has found Rabbi Gamliel of Yavneh, and his slave Tevi, which would be around 80-120 CE. But I wouldn't know where to look for the actual answer.

Q: How do you look into a Pesach program?

YeZI often hear that Passover programs are fraught with potential issues, primarily in the area of kashrus, but also with the reliability of the Rabbanim there and other issues. How can one go about looking into a Pesach program to find out if its high standards extend past how good the food is? I...

Q: Answers to the Mah Nishtanah

user3329Almost every small Jewish child learns the Mah Nishtanah sometimes even in multiple languages the questions remains is that the question remains. Where in the Haggadah are the four questions answered (please do not tell me "Ha Lach Mianya" and if you do please tell me how it does) where in the Ha...

Q: Chametz u'matza?

Charles KoppelmanThe first of four questions specifically says, "On all other nights we eat chametz or matza, why on this night only matza?" While I understand that it's halakhically acceptable to eat matzah when it isn't Pesach, was there a time when people regularly ate matzah outside of Passover?

room topic changed to Updated Hagada: Discussion about updating the Mi Yodeya Hagada for a second edition! [passover-seder-hagada]
Q: Why is the Haggadah written in Hebrew?

DanielThe Haggadah was written during the Talmudic period, so I would expect it to be written in Aramaic. Especially since the entire purpose of the Haggadah is the telling over of the story of yetziat-Mitzrayim in order to fulfill the mitzvah of remembering the Exodus, I would expect that it would be...

Q: How can two contradictory ideas exist in Matzah?

RCWמצה embodies two ideas: poor man’s bread (slavery) and free man’s bread (the bread that made in haste when they left Egypt). These ideas seem to contradict one another; how can they both exist in one חפצא של מצוה, object of the commandment? Furthermore, if you look at Rabbi Gamliel’s statement...

Q: “Terach, father of Avraham and of Nachor”—what about Haran?

J. C. SalomonAs quoted in the Hagadah, Yehoshua 24:2 reminds the Jewish people that, “Your ancestors lived across the river: Terach, father of Avraham and of Nachor; and they served strange gods.” God then reminds the people how Esav’s descendants had been living comfortably on Mount Seir for centuries while ...

Q: If Hashem brought about Macos Bechoros by himself, with out any angel, then what is the משחית?

RCWIf Hashem brought about Macos Bechoros by himself, with out any angel, then what is the משחית that would not harm the Bnei Yisroel mentioned in Shemot Chapter 12, Verse 23? Premises based on the following sources: Rashi on Exodus Chapter 12, Verse 12 says "I by myself and not through a intermed...

Q: What עִיקָר is the wicked son denying?

not-allowed to change my nameIn the haggadah (Mechon Mamre's edition of the Hagadah at the end of Hilkhot Chametz u-Matzah and in some editions of the Mekhilta on Shemot 13:14), regarding the wicked son it states וּלְפִי שֶׁהוֹצִיא אֶת עַצְמוֹ מִן הַכְּלָל וְכָפַר בָּעִיקָר I would like to know what עִיקָר the wicked s...

Q: Why do we say ha-motzi before al achilat matzah instead of after?

Monica CellioI was taught that it's important not to make an interruption between a b'racha and its fulfillment, such that we don't say anything between making motzi and eating the bread. To me the b'racha is "attached" to the bread. At the seder we say al achilat matzah because of the specific mitzvah of e...

Q: Why is Moshe (mostly) absent from the haggadah?

Monica CellioSomebody asked at my seder this year why Moshe is largely absent from the magid. I have heard that the reason is because we're supposed to focus on God, and also that Moshe was very humble and there might be a midrash about him asking not to be in it. But I can't source any of that. Are those ...

Q: What is the origin of the song Echad Mi Yodeya?

user5092Who is the author or what is the origin of the song commonly found in the haggadah called Echad Mi Yodeya?

Q: Mnemonic of Rebbi Yehuda

Bochur613The Haggadah tells us that Rebbi Yehuda came up with a mnemonic for remembering the Ten Plagues: Dtzach Adash B'Achav Why was the mnemonic necessary? It doesn't seem to me to be that difficult to remember the plagues. Moreover, there are many other things for which there is no mnemonic (eg. 12 t...

Q: why don't we say "kol dichfin" before kidush

rayIn the halachma anya of the Passover Hagada it says "Let all who are hungry come and eat". Why don't we say this before the kidush? Makes more sense that we should invite people before starting the kidush.

Q: Why tell the wise son "like the Pesach rules"?

msh210From the hagada: חָכָם מָה הוּא אוֹמֵר מָה הָעֵדֹת וְהַחֻקִּים וְהַמִּשְׁפָּטִים אֲשֶׁר צִוָּה ה׳ א׳ אֶתְכֶם.‏ וְאַף אַתָּה אֱמָר לוֹ כְּהִלְכוֹת הַפֶּסַח אֵין מַפְטִירִין אַחַר הַפֶּסַח אֲפִיקוֹמָן.‏ The wise one, what does he say? "What are the testaments and decrees and rules that G...

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That's 26, certainly of varying quality, and certainly leaving out some that may be worthwhile.
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7:30 AM
@IsaacMoses Nice questions!
Just an idea, but what if we also include some items in a dedicated section?
Like, for the people who don't want to stop at 13.
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12:47 PM
@Scimonster We were actually thinking about doing that two years ago, as a cute appendix.
... With the current font size, with one number per line, we could fit about 40 per page.
I can't guarantee that I'd be able to devote big blocks of time to this project between now and Pesach. I have a bunch of other plates spinning.
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8:40 PM
If we keep expanding and polishing the document in its current format, it really could develop into something big and high-quality enough to present to publishers as a manuscript for a Hagada commentary.

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