No one would ever think of simply not inviting him.
And to his credit, he always shows up, no matter how much complaining he may do once he has arrived.
I’m talking, of course, of one of the most important mythical personalities of the Jewish holiday cycle. He loves to push our buttons. But you couldn’t imagine a Passover seder without him and his provocative questions. And in fact, I am quite confident that he is here in the synagogue today -
and how we decide to relate to him will have a dramatic effect on the Jewish future.
I’m speaking, of course, of the רשע - the Wicked Son, one of the four sons described by the Passover Haggadah.
I know some of you are thinking: is the rabbi confused? I knew Rosh HaShanah is early this year, but is Passover also early this year?! Quite THIS early?! (Actually, this is not the first time that I have discussed Passover during a Rosh haShanah sermon. Some of you may remember several years ago when shortly before Rosh HaShanah I was looking for a book in the library and inadvertently found a long-lost Afikoman.)