Pesach – Reclining

Why do we recline on Pesach?

The seder is supposed to take place with everyone in a reclining position. This is because slaves ate hurriedly; the affluent and free were able to recline on cushions. On erev Pesach (Passover eve), rich and poor are indistinguishable and all are free and thus privileged to recline. Many families have the tradition of placing pillows on each chair — or at least having the seder leader follow this practice of reclining. (from

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