Three songs for a Purim Spiel about Big Developers (led by Haman) against small Kosher Marts (owned by Mordecai) and CSAs (farmed by Esther and followers)

by Robyn Bernstein

Mordechai’s Song (to the tune of “Guantanamera)

Kosher Mart, Mordechai’s Kosher Mart.
Supporting local agriculture
For all Kosher locavores.
I am a modest man,
Running a simple Kosher Mart.
I am a modest man,
Running a simple Kosher Mart.
With Glatt Kosher and market fresh,
At the corner of Broadway and Main streets.
Kosher Mart, Mordechai’s Kosher Mart.
Supporting local agriculture
For all Kosher locavores.
I own the only store
With organic free range Kosher meat.
I own the only store
With organic free range Kosher meat.
There is our own brand label,
Blessed by the Vad Ha Rabonim.
Kosher Mart, Mordechai’s Kosher Mart.
Supporting local agriculture
For all Kosher locavores.


Esther’s Song (tune of “This Land is Your Land”)

This land is your land, this land is my land,
Each CSA member, and every farm hand.
From the dark rich soil,
To the rain water collection barrels,
This CSA belongs to you and me.

This is a green space, this is a safe place,
For earthbound critters and all that twitter.
I harvest the berries,
I make my own granola,
This CSA belongs to you and me.

From the rows of snap pears
To the flowering sweet peas,
They’re all pollinated by indigenous honey bees.
We sell their honey for CSA money,
This land belongs to you and me.

We watch recaptured water flow.
Radishes, carrots and beans grow.
We pick up our farm share, among people who do care.
Then we pick flowers, ’cause they our ours.
This land belongs to you and me.

This land is your land, this land is my land,
Each CSA member, and every farm hand.
From the dark rich soil,
To the rain water collection barrels,
This CSA belongs to you and me.


Haman’s Song (tune of Inch by Inch, Row by Row)

Inch by inch, row by row,
Gonna make a parking lot grow.
All I need is a truck and backhoe
To make a piece of infertile ground.

Gonna build it big and flat,
‘Cause that’s where my big box store will be at.
Boy the profits will be fat.
I love the stimulus package.

Inch by inch, row by row,
Gonna make a parking lot grow.
All I need is a truck and backhoe
To make a piece of infertile ground.

Merchandise travels quite a distance,
Who cares about carbon footprints?
Cargo ships really go the distance!
Man, I love those fossil fuels.

Inch by inch, row by row,
Gonna make a parking lot grow.
All I need is a truck and backhoe
To make a piece of infertile ground.

Robyn Bernstein is a member and president of Ma’yan Tikvah – A Wellspring of Hope and a music therapist.