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Parsha Poem: Vayikra / וַיִּקְרָא

וַיִּקְרָא / vayikra / Leviticus 6:1-8:36

Printable PDF versions here:  Ashkenaz, Sefard.

Bonus:  “Hearing the Message”, a one-page poster summarizing the theme of each of the 5 books of the Torah.  PDF downloads here:  Ashkenaz, Sefard.

Parsha narrative overview here.  Copywork and parsha activities available here.


(In honour of what I call “Irish Day,” this poem MUST be sung to the tune of: “What Should We Do with the Drunken Sailor?”  If you don’t know it, listen to the Irish Rovers doing it just right here!)

image What could you bring for a kosher korban,
What could you bring for a kosher korban,
What could you bring for a kosher korban,
In the desert Mishkan?

Chorus:
Burn it, and up smoke rises,
Burn it, and up smoke rises,
Burn it, and up smoke rises,
Evening, noon and morning!

Bring on in an ox or a sheep that’s perfect,
You could bring a goat or a bird that’s been checked,
Or a bag of flour for an oily cake project,
In the desert Mishkan!

imageYou could bring an Olah if you cared to,
A gift from your heart if you had dared to,
Burn it completely; it wasn’t shared, too,
In the desert Mishkan!

Mincha was the cheapest of the kinds there,
Letting all the poorest show their minds there,
With the nicest oil that anyone finds there,
In the desert Mishkan!

If you’re feeling good you could bring a Shlamim,
Show Hashem you really were on His team,
Eat it with your friends and with kohanim,
In the desert Mishkan!

image When you messed up, a Chatas you’d offer,
A sheep or a goat you’d buy from your coffer,
Everyone goofs, so don’t fear the scoffer,
In the desert Mishkan!

Finally, the Asham, now here’s a sad one,
Trapped in petty theft or lies that you’ve spun,
Fix what you did and hooray!  It’s undone,
In the desert Mishkan!

Chorus

Bring on in an ox or a sheep that’s perfect,
You could bring a goat or a bird that’s been checked,
Or a bag of flour for an oily cake project,
In the desert Mishkan!

Chorus

imageWhat could you bring for a kosher korban,
What could you bring for a kosher korban,
What could you bring for a kosher korban
…In the desert Mishkan???

(fade out, or just keep right on humming…)

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