Thursday, July 14, 2011

Parsha Poem: Pinchas / פִּינְחָס

My father’s Hebrew name was Pinchas – well, Yechiel Pinchas.  It seems mawkish and silly to dedicate a parsha poem to him – so just know I’m thinking of him.

בְּמִדְבַּר / Bamidbar / Numbers 25:10-30:1: Read ithear it; colour it.

Printable PDF version here.

No parsha narrative, no copywork, no nothing this week.  For many other parshiyos, you can find copywork and activities at this page.

Hold onto your hats… it’s another SINGABLE one, folks!!!

(This week’s illustration is by the astonishingly talented San Diego dancer & artist Sheila Orysiek.)


image (sung to “If You’re Happy and You Know It”)

Well, they’re… Machlah, Noah, Chogla, Milka, Tirtzah;
Makes you hungry so you want to eat a pizza,
But don’t you sit and fret,
‘Cuz you ain’t heard nothing yet,
About… Machlah, Noah, Choglah, Milkah, Tirtzah!

Each one was a tzadekes on her own,
Each one had middos that were shown;
But when they wanted a reply,
They asked a holy guy,
They were… Machlah, Noah, Choglah, Milkah, Tirtzah!

Their father had five daughters but no sons,
So when he died they knew they were the ones,
But if you want to check your facts,
What you’ve got to do is “aks”,
Just like… Machlah, Noah, Choglah, Milkah, Tirtzah!

Now, some say their father was a righteous man,
Gathered wood to show Hashem’s great plan,
But then he had to die,
Left his daughters there to cry,
Weeping… Machlah, Noah, Choglah, Milkah, Tirtzah!

The daughters said their father was no rebel,
Wouldn’t hurt a fly or throw a pebble,
And now they’re all alone,
Without a patch of land or stone,
Daughters Machlah, Noah, Choglah, Milkah, Tirtzah!

 imageSo listen to what else those women did:
They could have sat down quietly and hid,
But they spoke right up to all,
And Hashem answered their call,
That of Machlah, Noah, Choglah, Milkah, Tirtzah!

image But here’s what else they did that’s special news:
They figured out what Israel means for Jews,
So they claimed their own stake,
A homeland theirs to make,
A new land for… Machlah, Noah, Choglah, Milkah, Tirtzah!

שַׁבָּת שָׁלוֹם!

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