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For the week ending 26 April 2008 / 21 Nisan 5768

Four Sons at One Table

by Rabbi Mendel Weinbach zt'l
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In the Haggadah which Jews throughout Eretz Yisrael and the world recited at the Seder Table on Pesach we read about four sons — a wise one, a wicked one, a simple one and one who is unable to ask. There is no indication in the Torah sources for their asked and unasked questions that all four are seated at the same table. But the fact that the Torah provides us with the proper response to each of them indicates that a dialogue with each of them is a real possibility.

In Eretz Yisrael there are many Torah observant Jews who are anxious to engage in such dialogues in the hope of educating the ignorant and embracing the alienated. There is definitely a possibility for all four sons to sit at one table and allow the wise son to show the way to learn from the Exodus how to secure Israel forever.

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