Shulchan Orech

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  1. We are obligated to eat a festive meal with delicious foods and fancy dishes like on every other Yom Tov night, each according to his means. (Rambam 7:8, Yalkut Yosef Moadim pg. 406)
  2. One must ensure not to eat or drink too much during the meal, as Halacha requires eating the Afikoman after the meal with an appetite and also he may come to fall asleep too quickly (Rama 476:1 based on Maharil, Mishna Berura 476:6-7, Chazon Ovadia chelek 2: page 103).


  1. It is praiseworthy to lean during Shulchan Orech, but there's no obligation.[1]

Minhagim About Certain Foods

  1. There is a minhag to eat a hard boiled (or roasted) egg during Shulchan Orech. [2]
  2. There's a minhag to eat fish at the seder like other Yamim Tovim.[3]
  3. Some have minhag not to dip any foods during Shulchan Orech so as not to dip more than two foods at the seder (Karpas and Maror).[4]
  4. It is permitted to drink wine during Shulchan Orech.[5]

Roasted foods at the seder

  1. The minhag is not to eat roasted meat at the seder. [6]
  2. If the Zroah (shankbone) was roasted it is forbidden to eat it at the seder. However, if the Zroah was cooked it may be eaten. [7]
  3. It is permitted to eat a roasted egg [8], as well as roasted fish. [9]
  4. Pot roast is considered like roast for this halacha. However a food that was cooked after it was roasted is considered like it was cooked. [10]
  5. Broiled liver shouldn't be eaten. [11]


  1. Chazon Ovadyah (vol 2, p. 103)
  2. Rama 476:2 writes that there's a minhag to eat an egg at the seder in commemoration of mourning the temple because we can't bring the korban pesach. Nitei Gavriel (vol 2, 95:1) writes that it's better to have a hard boiled egg than a roasted one.
  3. Nitei Gavriel (vol 2, 95:12)
  4. Rama 476:2, Nitei Gavriel (vol 2, 95:14)
  5. S"A 473:3
  6. Chazon Ovadyah (vol 2, p. 103)
  7. Chazon Ovadyah (vol 2, p. 103). Chayei adam 130:6 says that even if one is not eating the zeroah at night it shouldn't be discarded because this would be a disgrace to the mitzva.
  8. Chazon Ovadyah (vol 2, p. 103)
  9. Mishna Brurah 476:9
  10. Chazon Ovadyah (vol 2, p. 103), Mishna Brurah 476:1, Kaf Hachayim 476:4 Baer Heitev 476:1. If it is roasted after being cooked Mishna Brurah and Kaf Hachayim says that one shouldn't be lenient based on the Peri Chadash quoted by the Baer Heitev and Shaar Hatziyun 476:2, but if he is a little bit sick he can be lenient.
  11. Aruch Hashulchan 476:4