Learn to sing Chad Gadya

One Little Goat, from the Passover Hagaddah

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This song is an allegory for the history of the Jewish people. It shows how, in the historical chain of events, God's justice will be manifest as he protects his little goat.

The Words

Translation


Chad gadya chad gadya
d'zabin abba bitrei zuzei
Chad gadya chad gadya
 
V'ata shunra v'achla l'gadya
d'zabin abba bitrei zuzei
Chad gadya chad gadya
 
V'ata chalba v'nashach l'shunra d'achla l'gadya
d'zabin abba bitrei zuzei
Chad gadya chad gadya
 
V'ata chutra v'hikah l'chalba d'nashach l'shunra d'achla l'gadya
d'zabin abba bitrei zuzei
Chad gadya chad gadya
 
V'ata nura v'saraf l'chutra d'hika l'kalba d'nashach l'shunra d'achla l'gadya
d'zabin abba bitrei zuzei
Chad gadya chad gadya
 
v'ata maya v'chavah l'nura d'saraf l'chutra d'hika l'kalba d'nashach l'shunra d'achla l'gadya
d'zabin abba bitrei zuzei
Chad gadya chad gadya
 
v'ata torah v'shatah l'maya d'chavah l'nura d'saraf l'chutra d'hika l'kalba d'nashach l'shunra d'achla l'gadya
d'zabin abba bitrei zuzei
Chad gadya chad gadya
 
v'ata hashochait v'shachat l'torah d'shatah l'maya d'chavah l'nura d'saraf l'chutra d'hika l'kalba d'nashach l'shunra d'achla l'gadya
d'zabin abba bitrei zuzei
Chad gadya chad gadya
 
v'ata malach hamavet v'shachat l'shochait d'shachat l'torah d'shatah l'maya d'chavah l'nura d'saraf l'chutra d'hika l'kalba d'nashach l'shunra d'achla l'gadya
d'zabin abba bitrei zuzei
Chad gadya chad gadya
 
v'ata hakadosh baruch hu v'shachat l'malach hamavet d'shachat l'shochait d'shachat l'torah d'shatah l'maya d'chavah l'nura d'saraf l'chutra d'hika l'kalba d'nashach l'shunra d'achla l'gadya
d'zabin abba bitrei zuzei
Chad gadya chad gadya


One little goat, one little goat that my father bought for two coins
One little goat, one little goat.
Along came a cat and ate the goat that my father bought for two coins, one little goat one little goat
Along came a dog and bit the cat that ate the goat that my father bought for two coins...
Along came a stick and beat the dog that...
Along came a fire and burnt the stick that...
Along came some water and extinguished the fire that...
Along came an ox and drank the water that...
Along came a slaughterer and slaughtered the ox that...
Along came the angel of death and killed the slaughterer that...
Along came the Holy One blessed be He and killed the angel of death that...

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Chad Gadya Chava Alberstein translates the Aramaic into hebrew with a big other-worldy sound.
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Chad Gadya Michael Silverman's piano treatments of Jewish songs makes for very pleasureful listening. Chad gadya is no exception.
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Chad Gadya Rachel Buchman makes Chad gadya fun for kids.
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Chad Gadya The golden voice of Richard Tucker.
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