Last night (before The Iron Man Mystery Hour) I celebrated Sabbath with my Hebrew class. It was fun. There were some tactical mistakes made (serving felafel without plates...oy, what a mess), but all in all it was a really good time.
After blessing various things (bread, wine, children, etc) and eating and singing, we had a recitation competition. I didn't really plan on winning since I didn't put much time into mine (or maybe I got that causality backwards. It's hard to say). I recited a Shel Silverstein poem translated into Hebrew. Here are both versions:
היא לגמה מבקבוק שׁקראו לו לגמיני
וגדלה וגדלה כמו הר
היא אכלה מצלחת שׁקראו לה אכליני
וקטנה וקטנה כמו אכבר
והיא כך הישׁתנתה כּשׁהרבה אחרים
מעולם לוא נסו שׁום דבר
She drank from a bottle called DRINK ME
And up she grew so tall
She ate from a plate called EAT ME
And down she shrank so small
And so she changed, while other folks
Never tried nothin at all
I really like that poem. It's short, it's nice, and it has an interesting message (trying things is good for you).
Anyway, I didn't win, but I was proud to lose to the guy who sang Rubber Ducky in Hebrew. That dude deserves a medal. At least.