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No Afikomen?

Thursday, 10 April, 2014 - 9:21 pm

Question

Hi Rabbi,

I have a question for you. This year we have no young children coming to our seder. Our "kids" are in their 20's and 30's. There's no way they're going to run around the house looking for the afikomen. So, what do we do? Should we just put it aside and not make a big deal out of it? Then serve it after dinner when the haggadah instructs us to serve it?

Chag Sameach!

Answer

Sorry for the short reply....busy making the kitchen ready for Passover.

You can give them the run around while searching for chometz on Sunday Night (more on that here).

Back to your question. There are those who do not have the kids finding the afikoman in the first place. In fact this is the Chabad custom; it is hidden under the leader's pillow until the end of the seder.

But if you really want to, you could make it fun for your adult kids. They may enjoy the nostalgia. If you offer them an age appropriate reward, they may just go for it. 

One of the reasons that people hide the afikomen is to make the seder fun for the kids. I would suggest using a fun haggadah. We are trying this one (http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1475060947?pldnSite=1). Also starting after nightfall  http://www.harfordchabad.org/times makes it more "traditional" and when you end late it still feels like it was a long seder :).

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