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Why is this night called the Seder Night? The origins of this night go back to the event when Yaakov “stole” the berachos from Esav. There a few indications to this. Chazal say it was the night of the 15th of Nissan when this occurred. Yaakov took two goats, one for the Pesach and one for the korban chagigah. When Yitzchak told Esav that his brother came with “mirmah” he was referring to the fact that Yaakov fed him the Afikoman and therefore it is prohibited to eat afterwards. Since eating was a condition before he was able to give the berachos, he was now disabled to bless Esav. Rav Chaim Sonnenfeld hints to this interpretation with a gematriah that “mirmah” is equal to afikoman. This is why Onkeles translates here the word mirmah, which normally means trickery, to be with wisdom. A further indication that the berachos that Yaakov received from Yitzchak was on Pesach is from the fact that on Pesach we bench Tal the prayer for dew which was the first words of the beracha given to Yaakov veyiten lecha Elokim meeetal hashamayim. Even the minhag of a child “stealing” the afikomen and then asking for a reward or beracha originates with Yaakov taking the berachos through the Afikomen this very night.
Now that we have proven that this night finds its origins in Yaakov’s taking the berachos from Esav we can continue to explain why this night is called Seder. How are we supposed to understand this seemingly deceitful heisting of Esav's berachos by a Yaakov, who is the personification of truth and emes? According to simple understanding it is not explicable. However, on the levels of derush remez and sohd [homiletics, hints and kabbalah] it is clearly explainable with countless interpretations. אין אין אין הפסוק אומר אלא דרשוני)). Here is just a sampling of interpretations. When Yaakov said I am Esav your first born he said it with a pause as if there lay two statements, I…...

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