seder

Alternative Spellings

seider, sayder, saider

Definitions

  • A ceremony involving recitations, singing, food, and drink typically associated with Passover, but also with Tu B'shvat and Rosh Hashanah.
  • order, orderliness, system, routine
  • period for Torah study

Example Sentences

  • "Monday's Passover seder at the White House will be the fifth Obama has hosted. No, he's not Jewish, but he recently elaborated on why the story of the Exodus speaks to a universal 'yearning' – and to him personally." (http://www.csmonitor.com/USA/USA-Update/2013/0325/Why-Obama-a-Christian-hosts-a-Passover-seder-each-year-at-White-House)
  • "The seder in yeshiva is: shachris, halacha, breakfast, chazora, shiur, lunch, mincha, musar, bekius, English, dinner, chumash, shmooze, lomdus, maariv." (Weiser)
  • "I usually do the Daf Yomi during our bekius seder." (Weiser)

Languages of Origin

Textual Hebrew

Etymology

סדר (order)

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)

Regions

North America, Great Britain

Dictionaries

The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
Frumspeak: The First Dictionary of Yeshivish, by Chaim Weiser (Northvale, 1995).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

Notes

Generally pronounced SAY-durr (rhymes with later). Plural sdarim / sdorim / sedarim / sedorim. "'Bein hasdorim' is the scheduled break between sdorim, i.e., 'recess.'" (Weiser)

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