Barukh atah Adonai, Eloheinu, melekh ha`olam, asher kidishanu b`mitz`votav v`tzivanu l`had`lik neir shel Chanukah.
That is the blessing that one sings while lighting the candles on each night of Hanukah. Neil did the honors last December. Ben was very intrigued, and after a few nights could be counted on to come in on the final "Chanukah". Once or twice since then Neil has sung it for him on a whim, but we've never made a big deal out of it.
So here's what went down at dinner tonight. Ben was eating asparagus. Neil playfully asks him to sing a song about asparagus. Ben thinks for a moment, and says, "Here's an asparagus song." And proceeds to sing the entire blinkin' blessing. Almost word perfect. Yes, in Hebrew. With an extra flourish on the "Chanukah."
Yeah. Have I mentioned that this kid scares me sometimes? In a good way, mind you. And just to prove it wasn't a fluke, he went on to sing it again, and then I got him to do it a third time over his late night yogurt. No, he didn't pronounce every last syllable perfectly. But the bulk of it was there.
We'd better get working on those Passover questions.
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