Do we do anything special because seder falls on a Friday night this year?

Answered by
Rabbi Victor S. Appell

When the seder sederסֵדֶר"Order;" ritual dinner that includes the retelling of the story of the Israelite's Exodus from Egypt; plural: sederim. falls on Friday evening, we acknowledge both Shabbat and the holiday of Passover. We recite a slightly different candle blessing that includes the words yom tovYom Tovיוֹם טוֹב"Good Day;" the term, often pronounced as yuntiff (Yiddish) has come to mean "holiday;" "Good Yuntiff" is often used a holiday greeting. . The Kiddush Kiddushקִדּוּשׁ"Sanctification;" blessing recited or chanted over wine (or grape juice), emphasizing the holiness of Shabbat and festivals. too, is different, and is sung to a special melody. The Kiddush sung when the seder falls on Saturday night includes a special addition for HavdalahhavdalahהַבְדָּלָהLiterally, “separation." The Saturday night home ritual that separates the Sabbath from the beginning of the new week. The ritual uses wine, spices, and candles to transition from Sabbath to the weekdays. .

See: Passover Evening Blessings: Friday Night

See: Passover Evening Blessings - Saturday Night