Echad Mi Yodea

April 19, 2016 at 5:25 am Leave a comment

Structure and text

“Echad Mi Yodea” is a cumulative song, meaning that each verse is built on top of the previous verses. There are thirteen verses.

The first verse runs:

Who knows one?
I know one.
One is our God, in heaven and on earth.

The second verse:

Who knows two?
I know two.
Two are the tablets of the covenant;
One is our God, in heaven and on earth.

…and so forth. The last verse is:

Who knows thirteen?
I know thirteen.
Thirteen are God’s principles;
Twelve are the tribes of Israel;
Eleven are the stars of Joseph’s dream;
Ten are the Commandments;
Nine are the months of childbirth;
Eight are the days before circumcision;
Seven are the days of the week;
Six are the sections of the Mishnah;
Five are the books of the Torah;
Four are the Matriarchs;
Three are the Patriarchs;
Two are the tablets of the covenant;
One is our God, in heaven and on earth.

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