Elements of the Yiddish Hagode


In Hebrew letters, translation, and transliteration

Ma Nishtano: Di Fir Kashes
Ma Nishtano: The Four Questions

Ma nishtano halaylo haze mikol haleyloys? Far vos iz di dozike nakht fun peysakh andersh fun ale nekht fun a gants yor?
Why is this night different from all other nights of the year?
1. Sheb'khol haleyloys - ale nekht megn mir esn say khomets, say matse, ober halaylo haze - in der doziker nakht - nor matse?

1. On all other nights we eat bread or matsah, but on this night - only matsah.

2. Sheb'khol haleyloys - ale nekht esn mir kolerley grintsn, ober halaylo haze - in der doziker nakht - moror - bloys bitere kraytekher?

2. On all other nights we eat various herbs, but on this night - we eat only bitter herbs.

3. Sheb'khol haleyloys - ale nekht darfn mir nit ayntunken afile eyn mol oykh nit, ober halaylo haze - in der doziker nakht - tunken mir ayn tsvey mol?

3. On all other nights we do not dip even once, but on this night - twice.

4. Sheb'khol haleyloys - ale nekht kenen mir esn say zitsndik glaykh, say ongelent, ober halaylo haze - in der doziker peysakh-nakht - esn mir ale ongelent?

4. On all other nights we eat sitting upright or reclining, but on this night we all recline.




Mu Asapru

(Also find a version of part the lyrics, in transliteration and with a translation, here: http://campuscgi.princeton.edu/~klez/zemerl/show.pl?title=Mu+asapru+(What+Shall+I+Say)
Afn Nil
Afloat in the Nile
(Words: A. Reisen, Music: Mikl Gelbart)
Shvimt dos kestl afn taykh
Afn groysn nil
Shvimt dos kestl ruik glaykh
Shvimt dos kestl shtil
Un di khvalyes geyen shtil
Geyen tsart un lind
Vi zey voltn hitn zikh
Ton a layd dem kind
Shvimt dos kestl afn taykh ...
O di khvalyes zaynen dokh
Nit vi pare shlekht
Nit dertrinkn veln zey
Moshiakh'n fun knekht
Shvimt dos kestl afn taykh ...

Dayenu
It Would Have Been Enough


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