Hallel of the Seder

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  1. Hallel starting from the paragraph of Lo Lanu is recited over the fourth cup of wine.[1] According to the Shulchan Arukh, one does not say a berakhah rishonah on the fourth cup.[2] Rama points out that the minhag of Ashkenazim is to make a berakhah rishonah on all of the four cups. However, a berakhah achronah is made only on the last cup.[3]
  2. It’s permissible to say Hallel seated, however, it’s praiseworthy to stand while saying Hallel. [4]
  3. One should be careful to finish Hallel and drink the fourth cup before Chatzot (halachic midnight), however, if one delayed one may make the bracha of Yehalelucha following Hallel.[5]
  4. Since there are differing customs on the conclusion of Hallel at the seder, those who daven with Nusach Ashkenaz should recite the haggada using that nusach, while those who daven Sefard should recite that nusach. If the group of people at the seder includes some people of each, the group should use the same nusach. It is not right for the same group to have two different nuschaot, as this would be a violation of Lo Titgodedu.[6]

Sources

  1. Shulchan Aruch 480:1
  2. Shulchan Aruch 480:1
  3. Shulchan Aruch 480:1; Mishna Brurah 474:1-4 explains that the reasoning of Rama reflects the Rama’s own view that saying Maggid serves as an interruption to the berakhah rishonah, or his view that each cup serves as its own mitzvah and consequently requires its own berakhah. The Shulchan Arukh, on the other hand, maintains that although each cup is its own mitzvah, because one knows when making the berakhah on the first cup that there will be a second cup, no berakhah is necessary on the second cup. However, even according to the Shulchan Arukh, one makes a berakhah on the third cup because Birkhat HaMazon is an interruption between the berakhah on the first cup and the drinking of the third cup.
  4. Chazon Ovadyah (vol 2, pg 59)
  5. Chazon Ovadyah (vol 2, pg 124)
  6. Rav Schachter on the Haggadah pg. 225