Kahd Katan כַּד קָטָן

Aharon Ashman & Yoel Velva


A favorite song of mine - about the little flask of oil that kept the menorah lit for eight days after yet another attempt to destroy the Holy Temple in Jerusalem and erase the Jews. Yet the Jews fought and survived - - and are still here! 


כַּד קָטָן

מילים: אהרון אשמן
לחן: יואל ולבה

כַּד קָטָן, כַּד קָטָן,
שְׁמוֹנָה יָמִים שַׁמְנוֹ נָתַן.
כָּל הָעָם הִתְפַּלֵּא,
מֵאֵלָיו הוּא מִתְמַלֵּא.

כָּל הָעָם אָז הִתְכַּנֵּס
וְהִכְרִיז: אַךְ, זֶהוּ נֵס!
אִלּוּלֵא כַּד זֶה נִשְׁאַר
מִקְדָּשֵׁנוּ לֹא הוּאַר.

Kad katan, kad katan
Sh'monah yamim shamno natan.
Kol ha'am hitpalei,
Mei'eilav hu mitmalei.

Kol ha'am hitkaneis
Vehichriz: ach, zehu ness!
Ilulei kad zeh nish'ar
Mikdasheinu lo hu'ar.


A little jug, a little jug
For eight days its oil did burn.
All the nation wondered how
It stayed so full and lasted through.

All the nation gathered there
And: "It's a miracle!" did declare.
Had this little jug not been left
The Temple of light would have been bereft.

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