About the Song
ON THE HEARTH
On the hearth, a fire burns,
And in the house it is warm.
And the rabbi is teaching little children,
See, children, remember, dear ones
What you learn here
Repeat and repeat yet again,
Learn, children, with great enthusiasm.
So I instruct you;
He among you who learns Hebrew pronunciation faster -
He will receive a flag.
Learn children, don't be afraid,
Every beginning is hard;
Lucky is the one has learned Torah,
What more does a person need?
When you grow older, children,
You will understand by yourselves,
How many tears lie in these letters,
And how much lament.
When you, children, will bear the Exile,
And will be exhausted,
May you derive strength from these letters,
Look in at them!
*"Komets-alef: o!" - The sign under the Aleph is O.