The Wicked Son, What Does He Say? – Miscellaneous Musings for Pessach

On the eve of Pessach, Monday afternoon, “Palestinian” terrorists opened fire on Israeli civilian vehicles making their way towards Hebron to celebrate the Seder with their families. After several misses, they managed to hit two cars, murdering Baruch Mizrachi (HY”D), seriously injuring his wife, narrowly missing their four children who were travelling in the car with them, and wounding a nine-year-old boy who was travelling in an adjacent vehicle.


Baruch Mizrachi HYD


I surfed the Internet, as is my wont, interested to see how this cowardly attack would be covered by the international mainstream press – if, indeed, they mentioned it at all. Unsurprisingly, it was only by including the word “settler” in my search parameters, that I found anything at all. The Times of London, for example, decided to blame the fact that Jews were permitted to return to a house legally purchased by them in Hebron and gave prominence to the fact that the murdered Jew was a policeman – as if the fact of his having been so was somehow connected to his murder, with the added, subliminal implication, that the murder of Israeli policemen is somehow justified. Of course, the fact that the murderer or murderers had been shooting randomly at Israeli vehicles even before the Mizrachi family chanced along, is proof enough that their intention was to kill any Israelis.

In spite of that, and in spite of the fact that Abu Mazen and the so-called “Palestinian Authority” have, so far, failed to condemn the cowardly attack, Tzippi Livni, leader of the Israeli negotiation team to the (more or less non-existent) “peace talks” is pressing ahead and continuing to meet our “partners for peace” today. And as if that wasn’t enough, it seems that the further release of “Palestinian” terrorist murderers simply in order to get Abu Mazen to agree to continue the talks, is still on the cards!!! It  reminds me of the episode of the new “Upstairs Downstairs” which I watched the other day, in which we see Neville Chamberlain insisting on signing the shameful Munich Agreement because “we need a pact that Herr Hitler will agree to”.

Actually, that rather reminds me of another Jewish folk tale, about the “Wise Men” of Chelm.


Once upon a time, a visitor arrived in Chelm on business and put up at the village inn. On his way to the market place, he passed a fellow Jew, who was looking around on the ground, diligently, as if searching for something.

“Hallo there,” he said. “Have you lost something?”

“Indeed I have,” was the reply. “Perhaps you can help me search. I am looking for my wallet, which I dropped somewhere in the synagogue courtyard.”

“If you dropped your wallet in the synagogue courtyard, why are you looking for it here?” asked the visitor, surprised.

“Because the synagogue courtyard is muddy,” replied the citizen of Chelm. “I would have got myself all dirty if I had searched there. Better to search here where the ground is clean.”

In short – if the actual facts are inconvenient, let’s just re-imagine them to suit our would-be scenario.


The fact that the “Palestinian” murderers chose the eve of Pessach for their cowardly attack (which has been praised as “a heroic act” by the Islamic Jihad and Hamas movements) is hardly new and should surprise no-one.  On March 27th, 2002, a “Palestinian” suicide bomber walked into the dining room of the Park Hotel in Netanya, where hundreds of innocent Jews had gathered to celebrate a communal Seder, and blew himself up, killing 30 and wounding 140 more. Most of the victims were senior citizens, some of them –  Holocaust survivors.

Our enemies have often targeted us at Pessach. In Mediaeval and Renaissance Europe, Christian clerics would whip up a frenzy of Jew-hatred during their Holy Week sermons, inciting their flock to go out at massacre any Jew they could lay their hands on.

Small wonder then, that one of the central passages in the Passover Haggadah states:

This is what has stood by our fathers and us! For not just one alone has risen against us to destroy us, but in every generation they rise against us to destroy us; and the Holy One, blessed be He, saves us from their hand!”

One need look no further than the tragic events in Kansas City earlier this week, where a rabid antisemitic Ku Klux Klansman attempted to murder Jews . The irony of the KC attack is that two, at least, of his victims turned out to have been devout Christians.


When I was a child, one of my favourite passages in the Haggadah was the part describing the Four Sons – the Wise Son, the Wicked Son, the Simple Son and The One Who Is Too Young to Ask. My siblings and I used to sqabble over who would read which paragraph. Naturally, we all wanted to be the Wise Son and none of us was ready to read the paragraph pertaining to the Wicked Son.

The wicked one, what does he say? “What is this service to you?!” He says `to you,’ but not to him! By thus excluding himself from the community he has denied that which is fundamental. You, therefore, blunt his teeth and say to him: “It is because of this that the Lord did for me when I left Egypt”; `for me’ – but not for him! If he had been there, he would not have been redeemed!

This was the paragraph that sprang to my mind when I learned recently (thanks to fellow-blogger Mike, from Seattle)  about a so-called “Seder” conducted by the Seattle Chapter of the Jewish Voice for Peace – a radical, Israel-hating bunch of self-hating Jews – from  which Israeli products were banned and at which the Biblical Narrative was, to all intents and purposes, replaced by the “Palestinian” pseudo-narrative. Their so-called “Haggadah” is an obscenity, full of anti-Israel lies.

People like this, and others, such as the “Jewish” antisemite Richard Silverstein (an unemployed blogger, also from Seattle)  have, like the Wicked Son,  cut themselves off from the Jewish People (if they ever belonged to it)  so completely that, had they themselves been present three and a half thousand years ago, when our ancestors left Egypt, they would not have been thought worthy to be redeemed.


About Shimona from the Palace

Born in London, the UK, I came on Aliyah in my teens and now live in Jerusalem, where I practice law. I am a firm believer in the words of Albert Schweitzer: "There are two means of refuge from the sorrows of this world - Music and Cats." To that, you can add Literature. To curl up on the sofa with a good book, a cat at one's feet and another one on one's lap, with a classical symphony or concerto in the background - what more can a person ask for?
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One Response to The Wicked Son, What Does He Say? – Miscellaneous Musings for Pessach

  1. David Goldblatt says:

    Bravo, Shimona. Eloquent, incisive, and full of conviction. Thank you for that. I will pass on the link to some others.

    Moadim lesimcha,

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