So part of the fun of the Passover Seder is not just the food, or the telling over of the story of the Exodus from Egypt and the reading of the Haggadah, but rather it’s the “after party” so to speak. What? Never been to an after-Seder after party? Let me tell you, it’s where all the cool kids hang out! So what exactly is this party I’m talking about? It all the songs at the end of the Haggadah, which the recital of which, especially after four glasses of wine, can turn into quite the raucous affair.
There are lots of different tunes and melodies that people like to use for the Hallel or Songs of Praise portion, but for me, one of my all-time favourites is the “kid” song of “Echad – Mi Yodeya” or “Who Knows One?”
In “Who Knows One?” the song takes you through a count up and down with repeated verses, each verse getting longer as you include the previous one in the new addition. It starts with “Who knows one? I know one! One is Hashem (G-d) in the Heavens and the Earth!” It continues with the following numbered list:
1 is Hashem – in the Heavens and the Earth
2 are the Tablets that Moshe (Moses) brought (i.e.: the Ten Commandments)
3 are the (Fore) Fathers (i.e.: Abraham, Isaac and Jacob)
4 are the Mothers (i.e.: Sarah, Rebecca, Rachel and Leah)
5 are the books of the Torah
6 are the books of the Mishnah (i.e.: the oral Torah)
7 are the days of the week
8 are the days of Bris Millah (i.e.: days until circumcision)
9 are the months before birth
10 are the Commandments
11 are the stars in Joseph’s dream (click here to learn more about this)
12 are the Tribes of Israel
13 are the Attributes of G-d (click here to learn more about this)
So… since we keep adding a verse with each new number, plus we repeat all the previous numbers after adding a new number…well, by the time you get to number 13, you have quite the mouthful! And did I mention that it’s very late at night by this point and you’ve had four glasses of wine? Like I said, it’s quite the party! What are your favourite Passover songs? Let me know!
* photo credit to Matzo Mania on Shtetl on the Shortwave.