‘Tis the week before Pesach
A parody by Sherri Henkin (with apologies to Clement Clarke Moore)
‘Tis the week before Pesach and all through the house
All the creatures are stirring, even the mouse.
The clothes are washing and drying with care,
In hopes that we’ll soon see Moshiach here.
The children aren’t nestled all snug in their beds,
‘Cause they’re helping their families zoom ahead.
“Pesach is coming,” Mamma sang out with glee,
“We want to clean every nook and cran-nie!”
Out on the lawn, there arose a great clatter,
I ran outside quickly to see what’s the matter.
I saw kids playing ball, some with bats, some with baskets
And some were outside scrubbing the gaskets.
There was vacuuming and scouring, such hard work;
Everyone was trying to scrub out the murk.
Not only the murky, dirty shelves,
Also the dust that’s within ourselves.
When seder arrives, we want to be clean
Both inside and out, we want to beam.
As we scrub and we dust, we grow more cheery,
Because soon it’s our yom tov, so dear-y.
‘Tis the week before Pesach and all through the towns,
All the creatures are stirring, getting rid of their frowns.
The furniture and people are shining with care,
Because we know leil seder’s almost here!
Pesach – Passover
Moshiach – Messiah; ultimate redemption
Seder – Literally, “order.” Rituals observed the first two nights of Passover
Leil Seder – Seder Night (the first two nights of Passover)