Passover- Is It Permissible To Lean, Talk, or Drink During The Seder
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The Shela Ha'kadosh (Rabbi Yeshayahu Halevi Horowitz, Prague-Tiberias, 1565-1630) writes that one should not lean during the reading of the Haggadah at the Seder. Even though generally one may lean at the Seder even at the points when Halacha does not require leaning, it would be inappropriate to lean while performing the Mitzva of reading the Haggada, during which one should sit with a sense of awe and reverence.
Likewise, one should refrain from drinking during the reading of the Haggada. A person who experiences excessive thirst may drink some water, and a person who feels very frail may even drink coffee; otherwise, however, one should refrain from drinking during the reading of the Haggada, due to the sanctity of the moment, which demands an aura of reverence.