Monday, March 25, 2013

Don't Sit on the Afikomen - Singalong Fun for Seder Night


Tonight we celebrate the first Seder of Passover, for which preparations have been in process in many households since well before Purim. In Israel there is only one Seder, while everywhere else, tomorrow night presents a second opportunity to extend the festivities.

The faculty and students of Beth Tfiloh, an Orthodox Day School in Pikesville, Maryland, are sharing their holiday spirit this year with a rousing rendition of Don't Sit on the Afikomen, a funny song that can be sung by everyone around the Seder table just for laughs, and as a reminder of how late the Seder could run if the hidden half matzah is not found in time for dessert.

We wish all of our readers a happy and a kosher Pesach. Enjoy your family and friends, sing the traditional songs and new ones like this, and feast on the specialties of this season, some of which we shared recipes for in recent days. We'll be celebrating this Passover in Jerusalem, and we'll be back with our usual mix of jokes, humor, music, and funny happenings on Thursday.

The lyrics for Don't Sit on the Afikomen are shown below the video. You can print a colorful copy of the lyrics by linking to the pdf at this address.

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Don’t sit on the Afikomen
Don’t sit on the Afikomen; Don’t sit on the Afikomen,
Don’t sit on the Afikomen or the Seder will last all night!
The leader at the Seder breaks a Matzah piece in two.
And hides the Afikomen half, a game for me and you.
Everyone must have a bite, the Seder isn’t through,
Till you find the Afikomen!
Don’t sit on the Afikomen; Don’t sit on the Afikomen,
Don’t sit on the Afikomen or the Seder will last all night!
One year someone hid it beneath a pillow on a chair
But just as I raced over, my Aunt Sophie sat down there.
She sat herself down upon it, awful crunching filled the air
And crumbs flew all around!
Don’t sit on the Afikomen; Don’t sit on the Afikomen,
Don’t sit on the Afikomen or the Seder will last all night!
There were Matzah crumbs all over, oh it was a messy sight.
We swept up all the pieces, though it took us half the night.
So if you want your Seder ending sooner than dawn’s light
Don’t sit on the Afikomen!
Don’t sit on the Afikomen; Don’t sit on the Afikomen,
Don’t sit on the Afikomen or the Seder will last all night!