The Four Sons
'The first generation of the immigrants is the wise child who knows and feels comfortable with Jewish tradition. The second is the rebel who in the name of progress and westernization rejects their parents' Judaism after having imbibed it at home. The third generation is assimilated. There is little knowledge and little resentment, but there is still simple curiosity about the customs of their grandparents. Finally a fourth generation is without knowledge or even mild acquaintance is born. These do not know how to ask. They might be called "orphans in history" lacking any of the resources of Jewish wisdom against which to struggle and from which to draw personal meaning.'
Noam Zion And David Dishon, A Different Night; The Leader's Guide to The Family Participation Haggadah, The Shalom Hartman Institute Jerusalem, Israel, Published in the U.S.A., 1997. p61.
Four Kinds of Children and Four or Five Questions
The sages speak of four kinds of children who view the Seder in four different ways and so ask four different questions.
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