The Festival of Freedom starts tonight

Tonight is the start of the Passover holiday, when Jews read the Haggadah – the 3,500-year-old story of the liberation of the Children of Israel from Egyptian slavery. Every family has its own traditions  and ways of singing. A perennial favourite at the conclusion of the meal is Had Gadia, which exists in a Ladino version. (Un Kavretico).

Had Gadia

Our father bought for two zuzim
one kid, one kid
Our father bought a kid for two zuzim
So the legend says
The cat came and preyed on the kid
A little kid, a white kid
The dog came and bit the cat
that preyed on the kid
that our father brought
Our father bought for two zuzim
one kid, one kid
Then a big stick appeared from somewhere
and beat the dog, who barked loudly
tha dog that bit the cat that preyed
on the kid that our father brought
Our father bought for two zuzim
one kid, one kid
And the fire came
and burned the stick
that beat the dog that walked around
that bit the cat
that ate the kid
that father brought
Our father bought for two zuzim
one kid, one kid
And the water came that quenched the fire
that burned the stick
that beat the dog that bit the cat
that ate the kid that father bought
Our father bought for two zuzim
one kid, one kid
And the ox came and drank the water
that had quenched the fire
that burned the stick
that beat the dog that bit the cat
that ate the kid that father brought
Our father bought for two zuzim
one kid, one kid
And the slaughterer came and slaughtered the ox
that had drunk the water
that had quenched the fire
that burned the stick
that beat the dog that bit the cat
that ate the kid that father brought44
Then came the Angel of Death and killed the slaughterer
that had slaughtered the ox
that had drunk the water
that had quenched the fire
that burned the stick
that beat the dog that bit the cat
that ate the kid that father had brought
Our father bought for two zuzim
one kid, one kid

 

Here’s a wonderful jazzy version of Un Cabrito, sung in Moroccan Spanish (Haketia) by Vanessa Paloma Elbaz. Enjoy!

Wishing all Point of No Return readers who celebrate Passover Hag Pesah Sameah !

 

 

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