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Gregg Drinkwater, Joshua Lesser, and David Shneer

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780814720127

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: March 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9780814720127.001.0001

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Rethinking the Wicked “Son”

Rethinking the Wicked “Son”

Parashat Vaetchanan (Deuteronomy 3:23–7:11)

(p.235) Forty-Five Rethinking the Wicked “Son”
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Julie Pelc

NYU Press

This chapter presents a reading in the Parashat Vaetchanan of Deuteronomy, commanding Israelite's to teach the younger generation about God's faithfulness in freeing them from their slavery, as well as His goodness while they were wandering in the desert. The text offers a message of inclusion as it acknowledges that Israelite's future children did not experience the Exodus firsthand and so must ask their predecessors about both their experience of slavery and their subsequent liberation. Thus, it admonishes that people should be wise to ask questions of themselves, and their predecessors. Moreover, people should listen carefully as they try to answer the questions asked by others.

Keywords:   Parashat Vaetchanan, Deuteronomy, future children, younger generation, Exodus, Israelite

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