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"What Is This Service...To You?" Reevaluating the "Wicked Son's" Question

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Jan 5, 2022
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27 min 47 sec
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The famous interaction between a son and his father (Shemot 12:25-26) is interpreted in the Midrash Halakhah (and, subsequently, in the Hagadah) as a hostile one, with the son's "question" viewed as a confrontational remark - even though the Rishonim who comment on the passage in context read it sympathetically, ignoring the supposed adversarial implication of the word לכם. We propose a broader look at the entire passage, from 12:1-27, suggesting a different parsing of the son's question and an interrogative reading of the key word לכם.

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Learning on the Marcos and Adina Katz YUTorah site is sponsored today by Eric Goldstein on the occasion of the yahrtzeit of his father Louis Goldstein (Yehuda Leib ben Natan Noteh z”l