Reclining at the Seder
Reclining at the Seder: The Theory of Relative Freedom
The Talmud indicates that there is an obligation to recline while eating at the Seder on Pesach night – at least while eating certain foods – yet also says there are some who are not subject to this obligation. Why recline, and why not? We will examine some of the background and practical sources on this topic, with particular focus on women’s practices throughout history and what is and is not relative about this mitzvah.
Sarah Rudolph is a freelance Jewish educator, writer, and editor. She has been sharing her passion for Jewish texts of all kinds for over 15 years, with students of all ages. Sarah’s essays have been published in a variety of internet and print media, including Times of Israel, Kveller, Jewish Action, OU Life, The Lehrhaus, TorahMusings, and more. She is Editor-At-Large, Deracheha: womenandmitzvot.org. Sarah lives in Cleveland with her husband and four children, but is privileged to learn online with students all over the world.