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The "Four Children" On Your Seder Guest List

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Published on Apr 4, 2012

Rabbi Ephraim Z. Buchwald, Director of Jewish Treats' parent organization, the National Jewish Outreach Program, contemplates the four "guests" he will be hosting at his seder this year. Among them are the 4 Children that are mentioned in the Passover Haggadah. The good child, the not so good child, the innocent child and the one who doesn't know how to ask. The one who intrigues Rabbi Buchwald the most is the prodigal child, the one who causes alot of trouble. He asks "ma ha'avodah hazot lachem". Who needs all this? Why do I need to be religious? Why do I need Shabbat and Kosher? The author of the Haggadah says to tell him that if he had been in Egypt he would not have been redeemed. But the Bible says to tell them that it is a celebratory Passover meal. Be sure to invite them to your seder. Make sure he has a great time. Give him four cups of wine. Give him matzah, a great meal and singing. Give him positive, joyous, Jewish experiences. Then when he is ready you can have that existential talk with him. Right now he isn't ready. So remember, take care of all your guests and make sure they have a good time. Especially the one who doesn't expect to come to the seder.

We at Jewish Treats and NJOP wish you all a Chag Kasher V'Sameach, a Happy and Kosher Passover Holiday!

To view the Passover articles in our Jewish Treats blog archives, click here: http://www.jewishtreats.org/search/la...

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