Tuesday, January 25, 2011
Getting a quorum of ten every day for early morning or evening services has always been a problem and a subject for discussion in too many synagogues. It's also been the subject of many jokes, and a mystery novel, Murder at the Minyan, about a congregant who needs a minyan to say Kaddish for his mother and concocts a plan to murder relatives of other members so they will have to say Kaddish and help him to fulfill his obligation.
Now we have a song to add a musical dimension to this unfortunate situation. It's Nobody Comes to the Minyan No More, a parody of Day-O (The Banana Boat Song), one of Harry Belafonte's most popular calypso songs in the 1950's. The song has been posted on some Jewish web sites this week, but we haven't been able to find out who wrote the lyrics or who sings it. If you know, please comment below so credit can be given where credit is due.
(A tip of the kippah to Nancy Weisberger for bringing the Minyan song to our attention.)