Sunday, June 05, 2005

"Taunt Songs"

So last week I learn that among the types of "poetry" in the Torah--a term that may not actually apply, yes, yes, more on that anon--is something called the "taunt song," with the Song at the Sea and Deborah's Song as classic works in the genre. I'm so tickled with this knowledge that, when my daughter asks me what the words to "Mi Chamocha" mean, I tell her, and then add that it's part of a "taunt song," of which I give some, er, more recent examples.

All of which to explain, I suppose, that if you hear a couple of kids in shul singing "My God is red hot / Your God ain't doodly-squat" in the middle of Shacharis, they're probably mine.

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