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CHAD GADYA: THE STRANGE SONG OF THE SEDER

April 13th, 2016

Rabbi Dunner delves into “Chad Gadya”, the curious song sung at the conclusion of the Seder.

What are the origins of this nursery-rhyme-style ditty, and why is it included in our Seder service? Is there a source for the contents in Talmudic sources? What interpretations can help us understand the meaning behind it, and what can “Chad Gadya” teach us about the festival of Pesach and about the birth of the Jewish nation?

Rabbi Dunner examines its history, explaining how this seemingly childish song has deep roots in Jewish tradition, and how it perfectly exemplifies the whole purpose of Seder night.

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