The Spoiler at the Passover Seder
In a number of plays and movies, the central theme is a family holiday celebration, sometimes Thanksgiving, at other times Christmas. Among the gathered family is a son, daughter or relative carrying a deep grudge. Through their acid comments, they bring to the surface submerged hatreds and bitterness that poison the celebration. For Jewish families the holiday celebration par excellence is the Passover Seder. Here, too, there is often a spoiler.