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Unformatted text preview: r for personal advancement, and who may have said “why swim against
the tide let us join the majority among whom we live”.
They are as guilty as the spies Moses sent to spy out the land, (Num. Chs. 13 and 14) who came
back and frightened the people in the desert with their tales of the savagery of the inhabitants of the
Land of Canaan, condemning them to spend 40 years wandering in the wilderness, until their
descendants toughened by those 40 years in the wilderness and born free without any memory of the
Ghetto like existence of their slave years in Egypt were able to eventually go up and conquer the Holy
To these people, the author of the Haggadah says give them a sharp answer, disown them,
and cut them off from the Jewish people.
The third son, “the simple” one, represents the one who is unlearned and makes no or very
little effort to learn about Judaism. In this category are those who have neglected or abandoned the
commandments either by laxity or laziness or by rationalizing that many of the commandments no
longer apply or are out of place in modern society. Perhaps denyin...
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