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Responses to the Chacham and Tam

Menachem Ben Yashar provides a fascinating answer here, very summarized as follows: The Yerushalmi's version was written during the time of the Beis Hamikdash, and thus, there was a real Halachic ...
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The fifth son at the seder

I believe it was the Lubavitcher Rebbe, who, in a 1957 pre-Pessah letter, urged Jews worlwide to find and invite the "fifth son" to their seders. This became the mission of Chabad. You can ...
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Responses to the Chacham and Tam

Rabbi Joshua ben Levi said, “Whoever teaches his grandson Torah is regarded as if he had received the Torah from Mount Sinai as it is said, ‘Teach your children and children’s children,’ and then it ...
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Why is the wicked son sanctioned for doing what the wise son does?

While many answers have been suggested to this question over the years, a simple answer may be that the question is based on textual variants. The Text of the Haggada The question is premised on the ...
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The Chacham, the Rasha, the She'eino Yodeya Lish'ol, and... What's that other son again?

The answer is that the basic premise of the question that there are four discrete children, and all the Midrashim refer to "the same child", is baseless. In reality, the pashut peshat is that the ...
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Why does the Hagada say "אחד"?

Found a possible answer in the Shibulei Haleket here: מילתא באנפי נפשה היא ואינו סמוך על מה שאומר למעלה ופירושו מצות ההגדה היא כתובה בארבעה מקומות ולפי המקראות הכתובים אנו למידין שכנגד ארבעה בנים ...
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The Chacham, the Rasha, the She'eino Yodeya Lish'ol, and... What's that other son again?

At the same source I quoted in Responses to the Chacham and Tam (Please go read the article I quote, it's absolutely fantastic!), he provides a fascinating answer to this question as well. Being ...
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Why is the wicked son sanctioned for doing what the wise son does?

I believe I heard the following answer from my grandmother, but it is originally quoted here in the name of the Chacham Tzvi's grandson (h/t to Alex): The Chacham has been learning in Yeshiva for ...
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Why does the Hagada say "אחד"?

For a deeper explanation: The Rebbe Rayatz (Likutei Diborim 3; 844) explains this to mean that both the chochom and the rasha have an "echad". It's just that the rasha's echad is concealed ...
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Why Are We Blunting His Teeth?

I once heard a very nice alternative idea in the name of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach who in turn, quotes the main crux from the Belzer Rebbe - Rabbi Aharon Rokeach By way of introduction, anyone who is ...
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Does Arba'a Banim mean four sons or four children?

Similar to @Rabbi Kaii, my grandfather, Rav Eliezer ben David, would use the gmara (brachot 64a, see that this applies everywhere from Nazir 12b-13a) that says the word "בניך" - sons - can ...
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Does Arba'a Banim mean four sons or four children?

Midrash Sechel Tov Shemot 13:8 והגדת לבנך. זהו שאינו יודע לשאול, שהרי כנגד ארבעה בנים דברה תורה, ולכל אחד ואחד נתנה תורה דרך להשיב לפי עניינו, שהרי העולם נברא בארבע מידות של בני אדם, אחד חכם, ואחד ...
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Why tell the wise son "like the Pesach rules"?

I am stating 3 question - including yours & I will answer it: וְאַף אַתָּה אֱמָר לוֹ כְּהִלְכוֹת הַפֶּסַח אֵין מַפְטִירִין אַחַר הַפֶּסַח אֲפִיקוֹמָן.‏ And also you tell tell him like the Pesach ...
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How do we know the rasha would not have been redeemed?

Artscroll's The Answer Is... brings several answers to this question: MA'ASEH NISSIM: The Haggadah does not say that he would not have left Egypt, but rather that he would not have been redeemed....
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