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Thursday, December 18, 2014
A few years ago, I posted some snatches of latke ditties on my blog and asked if someone had the full text. I got a response from the grandson of the songwriter:
Ben Aronin (my grandfather) wrote these and other wonderful latke ditties many decades ago (and the pesach "classic" ballad of the four sons / clementine)...
(by Ben Aronin, z"l, of Congregation Anshe Emet in Chicago)
(to the tune of "O Chanukah") Each Chanukah we glorify brave Judah Maccabeus Who had the courage to defy Antiochus, and free us, Yet it is not fair that we should forget Mrs. Maccabeus, whom we owe a debt. She mixed it, and fixed it She poured it into a bowl You may not guess, but it was the latkes That gave brave Judah a soul. You may not guess but it was the latkes That gave brave Judah a soul.
The Syrians said: "It cannot be that old Mattathias Whose years are more than 83 will dare to defy us!" But they didn't know his secret, you see Mattathias dined on latkes and teac. One latke, two latkes And so on into the night You may not guess but it was the latkes that gave him the courage to fight. You may not guess but it was the latkes that gave him the courage to fight.
Now this is how it came about this gastonomic wonder That broke the ranks of Syria like flaming bolts of thunder Mrs. Maccabeus wrote in the dough Portions of the Torah then fried them so. They shimmered, they simmered, Absorbing the olive oil You may not guess but it was the latkes that made the Syrians recoil. You may not guess but it was the latkes that made the Syrians recoil.
Now these little latkes brown and delicious must have hit the spot 'cause with appetites vicious All the heroes downed them after their toil Causing in our Temple a shortage of oil One latke, two latkes, And so on into the night. You may not guess but it was the latkes that gave us the Chanukah light. You may not guess but it was the latkes that gave us the Chanukah light.