Saturday, March 16, 2013

Who leads Maggid?

Who leads Maggid?

The students of the Vilna Gaon wrote regarding his practice, "He recites the Haggadah, and all listen."  (Maaseh Rav 191) This sounds like one person leads.

On the other hand, the Chafetz Chaim (Biur Halachah 472 shelo) wrote, "According to the halachah that women are obligated in the four cups as men are, they must be careful to recite the haggadah for each cup, or at least hear it from their husbands." This indicates that the Haggadah may be read by each participant.

Rav Shimon Eider (Halachos of Pesach 24:F:6) contends that both customs are valid.

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