Thursday, March 30, 2023

The fifth son



                                  THE FIFTH SON

        אחד1 חכם - אחד2 רשע - אחד3תם - ואחד4 שאינו יודע לשאול 

The last Lubavitcher Rebbe, R.M.M. Schneerson zt"l, said The sequence of the four sons goes
in order from good to bad to worse.

The רשע is in a better position than the תם &
שאינו יודע לשאול. The רשע can turn over and
become a Tzadik בשעה אחת in a very short time.

Whereas to stamp out ignorance and עמי הארצות,
takes lots of time, energy & effort. 

The Rebbe said there are different levels of
עמי הארצות. We have a תם  and a
שאינו יודע לשאול who both attend the Seder.
They at least know it's Yom Tov and the
need to sit down to a Seder.

There is, however, a fifth son who has
absolutely no knowledge at all of Pesach,
of a Seder, or of any Mitzvohs, etc. This
son is even more of an ignoramus than
the שאינו יודע לשאול he doesn't
even attend a Seder. 

Perhaps the fifth son is the מכה אשר לא כתובה בתורה We have only כנגד ארבעה בנים דברה תורה.

In the הגדה you can find the 4 stage instructions
of how to deal with the fifth son.  

We start with כל דכפין ייתי וייכול.  All we ask him 
to do is to join us for a meal and nothing more.

Then we get to 2) את פתח לו which will get him
to 3) וכאן הבן שואל. By now you can get to
stage 4) אף אתה אמור לו כהלכות הפסח and
teach him תורה

This is the עבודה at the Seder, stamping
out עמי הארצות, & being מבער ignorance.
 והגדת לבנך Teach the children.

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