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The Four Sons Asking the Four Big Questions on Judaism

Judaism is Insane; I am Worthless; Who Needs G-d?; I Just Don’t Care

1 hr 29 min

Class Summary:

Who are the four children of the Haggadah? Why are they central to our Passover experience? What are their questions and why are these questions so important?

The premise to answering all of these questions is that these four children are not external to us; they are within each of us: within each of our hearts, there are “four children” who ask four distinct questions.

What are the four biggest questions on Judaism? 1) The strange laws that we simply cannot wrap our brains ahead. I get the justice aspect of Judaism, but black boxes on my head? 2) How can small people really believe that G-d cares about their actions? 3) I lead my own life and define my own destiny. I don’t need G-d. In our world of science and technology, the old needs are gone. 4) I simply don’t care.

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  • SG

    Shmuel Glass -7 years ago

    תודה

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    Ze'ev -9 years ago

    Absolutely outstanding -- in depth, and clarity. Thank you

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    Daniel -9 years ago

    How do you put yavan = chacham, when bavel was an exile before yavan?

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  • DK

    D. Konstantin -9 years ago

    That sounded interesting! Did Rabbi Jacobson just say that much of what the Sefas Emes said is based on Sefer HaTanya?! I would be happy to hear more about that.

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    • RYJ

      Rabbi YY Jacobson -9 years ago

      Yes. The Sefas Emes is written in a very brief style and cryptic manner. Many of his ides are elucidated in the writings of Chabad Chassidus. For example, his explanation as to the answer to the Chacham and the Rasha are both themes discussed and explained at length in the writings of the Baal HaTanya and Chabad in general.

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      • DK

        D. Konstantin -9 years ago

        Thank you, dear Rabbi Jacobson!

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        • BF

          B. Friedman -5 years ago

          Rabbi Jacobson, can you please provide mar'e mekomes to lookup the Baal Hatanya and Sfas Emes to see for ourselves. 

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          • Anonymous -5 years ago

            Below the item there is a PDF source sheet with all the sources, including the Sefas Emes. Enjoy!

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Sefas Emes Pesach

Rabbi YY Jacobson

  • March 22, 2015
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Dedicated by David Pisarevsky, in honor of my wife Pascale Sasson Pisarevsky, for our anniversary.

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