Remember when the Baha Men– a one hit wonder from the start of the century– sang “Who Let the Dogs Out?” And we, as good pop culture fanatics, answered, “Woof, woof.” Well, at this year’s Passover Seder I had the opportunity to relive that fantastic moment in time.
The final song of the Seder is a famous little Aramaic diddy called “One Little Goat.” As is typical of Jewish songs, the goat, or kid as he is more appropriately referred to, represents the Jewish people. And each of the subsequent characters– the cat, the dog, the stick, the fire, the water, etc– symbolize various nations that have tried to kill us.
But like any non-Jew who has visited a Passover Seder will tell you, the moral of the song is: they all failed! And the Jews continue to bah-away.
In order to make the song more engaging, we act out the various characters. Once again, we put the A in absurd. However, to illustrate, when one participant sings, “Then came the cat,” we pause for the appropriate person to meow, before the songs continues “and ate the goat,” where we once again pause for the requisite animal noise from another Seder table guest.
In total, this song requires ten individuals to act out the various roles. Yours truly was selected to be the dog. Getting in touch with my inner Baha Men, I woofed my heart out– before informing Mama B of another Jewish parody: “Who Let the Jews Out”
Meanwhile, Andy, our Seder celebrity, was given the task of being water. I admit it is not the easiest destructive power to act out, but he barely moved his lips. Mama B and I believe that the combination of weed and alcohol did not do wonders for his coherency, either in song or in speech.
Nonetheless, we enjoyed Andy’s half-hearted attempt; as did the other Seder guests, who shared quite a few laughs as the Seder celebrity reminded us fame was not everything we thought it would be.