K4P Jerusalem Staff Reflects

merk4p —  May 16, 2016 — Leave a comment

This week the Jerusalem staff took a few minutes to learn, share and reflect together on the complexity of our work during this especially intense week for our two peoples:
-May 11: Israeli Memorial Day commemorating fallen soldiers and victims of terror.
-May 12: Israeli Independence day celebrating the establishment of the State of Israel.
-May 15: Palestinian Nakba Day, commemorating the catastrophe of displacing the Palestinian people after the establishment of the State of Israel.

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Yakir Englander, the Dialogue to Action Program Director, led the team in shared learning of a modern Israeli song written in response to an ancient Jewish kabbalistic poem.

Chad Gadya

Our father went to market and bought a little goat
For two bits, for two bits
This is how the traditional story goes…

The cat came, and ate the goat,
Which my father bought for two zuzim.
Verse 3:
The dog came, and bit the cat, that ate the goat,
Which my father bought for two zuzim.
Verse 4:
The stick came, and beat the dog,
that bit the cat, that ate the goat,
Which my father bought for two zuzim.
Verse 5:
The fire came, and burned the stick,
that beat the dog, that bit the cat, that ate the goat,
Verse 6:
The water came, and extinguished the fire,
Verse 7:
The ox came, and drank the water,
Verse 8:
The slaughterer (Shohet) came, and killed the ox,
Verse 9:
The angel of death came, and slew the slaughterer,
Verse 10:
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.

Why are you singing this traditional song?
It’s not yet spring and Passover’s not here.
And what has changed for you? What has changed?
I have changed this year.
On all other nights I ask the four questions, but tonight I have one more:
How long will the cycle last?
How long will the cycle of violence last?

The chased and the chaser
The beaten and the beater
When will all this madness end?
I used to be a kid and a peaceful sheep
Today I am a tiger and a ravenous wolf.
I used to be a dove and I used to be a deer,
Today I don’t know who I am anymore.

Father brought one goatkid for 2 coins,
one goatkid, onegoatkid.
Our father bought a goatkid for 2 coins
and again we start from the beginning.

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