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Hi All,
Oscar here.
Do you know what today is? It’s the first day of my favorite holiday—Passover.
Why is it my favorite holiday? Well, hold your horses—I’m about to tell you (see what I did there?)
Aside from the fact that there’s always a full house—the first two nights are the seders and there are always oodles of people who come to the Silverman’s—it’s also a holiday that celebrates animals. Well sort of.
I’m talking specifically about the song that concludes the Passover seder. It’s a song called Chad Gadya which is Aramaic for One Little Goat and it’s basically all about different animals (see translation below):
One little goat, one little goat
Which my father bought for two zuzim*
One little goat, one little goat
The cat came, and ate the goat
Which my father bought for two zuzim
One little goat, one little goat
The dog came, and bit the cat, that ate the goat,
Which my father bought for two zuzim
One little goat, one little goat
The mother with stick came, and beat the dog
that bit the cat, that ate the goat,
Which my father bought for two zuzim
One little goat, one little goat
The fire came, and burned the stick
that beat the dog, that bit the cat, that ate the goat,
Which my father bought for two zuzim.
One little goat, one little goat
The water came, and extinguished the fire,
that burned the stick, that beat the dog
that bit the cat, that ate the goat
Which my father bought for two zuzim
One little goat, one little goat
The ox came, and drank the water,
that extinguished the fire, that burned the stick,
that beat the dog, that bit the cat, that ate the goat,
Which my father bought for two zuzim.
One little goat, one little goat
The slaughterer (Shohet) came, and killed the ox,
that drank the water, that extinguished the fire
that burned the stick, that beat the dog,
that bit the cat, that ate the goat,
Which my father bought for two zuzim
One little goat, one little goat
The angel of death came, and slew the slaughterer,
who killed the ox, that drank the water
that extinguished the fire, that burned the stick
that beat the dog, that bit the cat, that ate the goat,
Which my father bought for two zuzim
One little goat, one little goat
Then came the Holy One, Blessed be He
and smote the angel of death, who slew the slaughterer
who killed the ox, that drank the water
that extinguished the fire, that burned the stick
that beat the dog, that bit the cat, that ate the goat,
Which my father bought for two zuzim
One little goat, one little goat
I’ll never forget, there was one year that the Silverman’s middle daughter had a friend of hers join the family seder. The meal was coming to a close as everyone eagerly anticipated dessert (flourless though it may have been) and Chad Gadya was next on the docket. The friend speaks up and says “My family has a tradition with this song.” Now, if you’ve never been to a Passover meal, there’s lots of songs that people sing during the service and EVERYONE has a different tune. Depending on where you grew up or where you went to school or any number of other factors, you’ll be used to singing the songs differently. So the friend says, “when my family goes through the song, with the mention of each animal, we all make the noise the animal makes.” Thus ensued one of the most hilarious renditions of Chad Gadya I’ve ever seen. There was barking and meowing and mooing and neighing and on and on it went. By the end, everyone was laughing so hard they could barely make the animal sounds. It was amazing and has now become a tradition in the Silverman’s home. Just like that goat up there that one of the Silverman kids made long long ago.
And so, this is just one more reason why I love Passover.
Til’ next time,
Oscar

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