Not to beat a dead horse, but I wanted to thank you for these e-mails. I’m sure it takes a lot of time and it’s greatly appreciated. I was hoping you could settle an argument I’m having with my husband. Every year, our Seder lasts for around 5 hours. Although he really tries keeping it fun for the kids, I truly believe it would be a better Seder if it lasted 3 hours. What are your thoughts please? Esther – Far Rockaway.
Thank you for your kind words. I would love to say “It’s not about how long it lasts; it’s about how much the kids are engaged!” However, I do believe that the two are connected. Many boys have told me over the years how “Long and boring” their Sedorim are. It seems therefore, that many children do connect the length with loss of interest.
Without knowing the ages, temperaments and family dynamic, it’s hard to suggest a specific time limit for your Seder. However, I will share with you some great ideas of how to make your Seder interesting for your children.
Rabbi Yitzie Ross is a Rebbe and has been working with parents and kids for many years. You can read more about him in the "about" section.