Four Sons in College

By Meira Maierovitz Drazin

Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE), 2003

The author uses the paradigm of the allegorical four sons mentioned in the Passover Seder to discuss four common archetypes of American Jewish college students reacting to the virulent hostility towards Israel common on college campuses. The "wise son" is committed to Israel and needs only the tools to become an activist. The "wicked son" takes active part in the anti-Israel hostility, and cannot realistically be persuaded; still, he must be answered for the sake of the others. The "simple son" is unsure of what to think, and the "son who doesn't ask" perhaps doesn't care yet. Both of these must be provided with copious information on the history of the conflict. In Jewish Education News, Winter 2003.

Topic: Youth Engagement, Israeli-Palestinian Conflict, Higher Education, Students, Israel Advocacy, Hasbara

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Genre: Report

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Drazin, Meira Maierovitz. Four Sons in College. Coalition for the Advancement of Jewish Education (CAJE). 2003:


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