Setting the Table

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Setting the Table

  1. One should set his table before Yom Tov so that one can eat the Seudah right after Tzet HaChochavim. [1] One doesn’t actually have to start the Seder right after Tzet but the table should be set so it’s possible to start right away. [2]
  2. One should set the table with nice utensils according to what one can afford. [3]
  3. One should set the chairs so that it is possible to lean while eating and drinking. [4]

References

  1. Tur and S”A 472:1. Aruch HaShulchan 472:2 writes that another reason why we should have the table set before Yom Tov is to have the table set for many hours beofre a meal like the tables of kings.
  2. Mishna Brurah 472:1 explains that it’s not precise when S”A writes that the table should be set so that one can start right after it gets dark rather it means that it should be possible to start then. Chazon Ovadyah (Pesach part 2, pg 5) concurs. However, Or Samech (Hilchot Chametz UMatzeh 7:3) suggests that since Matzah is compared to Pesach, just like Pesach is supposed to be eaten right after Tzet so too the Matzah is supposed to be eaten right after Tzet.
  3. Tur and S”A 672:2. Mishna Brurah 472:5 adds that one should nice utensils even though during the rest of the year one should refrain from using the best utensils because of Zecher LeChurban (to commemorate the destruction of the temple; http://halachipedia.com/index.php?title=Zecher_LeChurban).
  4. Tur and S”A 472:2