Parsha Poem: Shemini / שְּׁמִינִי

וַיִּקְרָא / vayikra / Leviticus 9:1-11:47.  Read it here.

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(May be sung to the tune of “I’m a Little Teapot” – but it doesn’t have to be!)

image I’m a little fishy, sleek and stout –

Here are my gills and here is my snout;

What?  You thought I’m kosher?  That can’t be.

No fins, no scales, as you can see!


image Well, Moo, I say, and Moo, I’m a kosher cow –

Chewing on my cud, so I’ll take a bow.

Yes, I know I’m kosher, so hip, hooray!

Please serve me up on your plate today!


image Rolling in the barnyard, here I come;

Happiest in mud, so I’ll go find some.

Split feet don’t mean I’m kosher; no siree –

I’m sorry; if you’re Jewish, you can’t have me!


image I’m just like Henny Penny, feathery and sweet;

Laying dainty eggs that you love to eat.

My eggs are surely kosher, like I am,

So please fry them up – but skip the ham!


Wherever you turn, you’ll find us there –

Kosher animals are everywhere!

Hashem provides the best for us every day;

Just one request he chose to say:


“I care about bnei Yisrael all the time;

And kosher food’s the finest way to climb;

Nearer and nearer to be close to Me –

A healthy diet – that sets you free!”



שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם!


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