How to dance hava nagila

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'Hava Nagilah, What Is It?


Hava nagila, hava nagila
Hava nagila venis'mecha


Hava neranena, hava neranena
Hava neranena venis'mecha

Uru, uru achim
Uru achim belev same'ach


Let us rejoice
and be glad


Let us sing

Awaken brethren
With a cheerful heart.

This is a 6 beat pattern in a 4/4 song.

Learn the Hora - Dance Steps for Hava Nagila

1. Step right foot; cross left foot over right
keep weight on right foot - for 2 beats

2. Bringing left foot back to original position,
Step left foot; cross right foot over left
keeping weight on left foot - for 2 beats

3. Step right foot; left foot steps behind right for 2 beats

HEAR Hava Nagila and compare the different styles of each:

Ben Folds Five


Accordian, tamborine, Flute, Choir


Danny Kay and Harry Belatonte sing Hava Nagila


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Cleaning and Cooking
[Sung to the tune of "These are a few of my favorite things"]

Cleaning and cooking and so many dishes
Out with the hametz, no pasta, no knishes
Fish that's gefillted, horseradish that stings
These are a few of our Passover things.

Matzoh and karpas and chopped up haroset
Shankbones and Kiddish and Yiddish neuroses
Tante who kvetches and uncle who sings
These are a few of our Passover things.

Motzi and maror and trouble with Pharoahs
Famines and locusts and slaves with wheelbarrows
Matzoh balls floating and eggshell that cling
These are a few of our Passover things.

When the plagues strike
When the lice bite
When we're feeling sad
We simply remember our Passover things
And then we don't feel so bad.


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Take Me Out To The Seder
(To the tune of, of course, "Take Me Out to the Ballgame!")

Take me out to the Seder
Take me out with the crowd.
Feed me on matzah and chicken legs,
I don't care for the hard-boiled eggs.
And its root, root, root for Elijah
That he will soon reappear.
And let's hope, hope, hope that we'll meet
Once again next year!

Take me out to the Seder
Take me out with the crowd.
Read the Haggadah
And don't skip a word.
Please hold your talking,
We want to be heard.
And lets, root, root, root for the leader
That he will finish his spiel
So we can nosh, nosh, nosh and by-gosh
Let's eat the meal!!!

The Eight Nights of Passover
(To the tune of 'The Twelve Days of Christmas')

On the first night of Passover my mother served to me:
1) a matzo ball in chicken soup
2) two dipped herbs
3) three pieces of matzah
4) four cups of wine
5) five gefilte fish
6) six capons baking
7) seven eggs a boiling
8) eight briskets roasting

Pharaoh doesn't Pay
(To the tune of "I've been Working on the Railroad")

We've been working on these buildings;
Pharaoh doesn't pay.
We've been doing what he tells us
Mixing straw with clay.
Can't you hear the master calling,
"Hurry up, make that brick!"
Can't you feel the master whip us
'Til we're feeling sick.

Oy vay, it's a mess,
A terrible distress,
Oy vay, it's a mess for Jews, us Jews.

Moshe's in the palace with Pharaoh,
Warning of all God's clout, clout, clout.
Moshe's in the palace with Pharaoh,
And God's gonna get us out!

We're singing . . . .
Fee, Fi, Fiddely eye oh,
Make our matzahs "to go" oh oh oh.
Fee, Fi, Fiddely eye oh,
Stick it to the ol' Pharaoh!

Moses Island
(Sung to the tune of Gilligan's Island)

Just recline right back and you'll hear a tale, a tale of a dreadful trip.
That started with ten awful plagues brought onto Egypt, brought unto Egypt.

The boss he was a Jewish man raised as a Pharaoh's son.
Then G-d he did come calling and soon the fun begun.
Soon the fun begun.

More blood, such frogs, and all those bugs, Pharaoh could just barely see.
The Jews were really scoring points and soon they would be free.
And soon they would be free.

They shlepped and shlepped for forty years across a desert land.
He went up to Mt Sinai and a party soon began.
A party soon began.
Moses, the Pharaoh too, Aaron and his wife. Marianne the skipper too here on the desert island.

Twas the night after Seder

'Twas the night after Seder, and all through the house
Nothing would fit me, not even a blouse.

The matzah, the farfel, the charoset I ate,
After both the Sedarim, had gone to my waist.

When I got on the scales there arose such a number!
When I walked over to shul (less a walk than a lumber),

I remembered the marvelous meals I'd prepared;
The turkey with gravy, the beef nicely rared,

The wine and the matzo balls, the Migdal pareve cheese
The way I'd never said, "I've had enough; no more, if you
please. "

As I tied myself into my apron again I spied my reflection and disgustedly, then I said to myself, "you're such a weak wimp,"
"You can't show up at shul resembling a blimp!"

So--away with the last of the meatballs so sweet,
Get rid of the turkey, chopped liver and meat.

Every last bit of food that I like must be banished
Till all the additional ounces have vanished.

I won't have any more macaroons from the box,
I can't wait til next week. (Ah, the bagels and lox.)

I won't have any luxion, farfel or p'chah,
I'll munch on a carrot or wire shut my own jaw.

It's a three day yom tov and shabbas is still
Ahead of me with another fleshiks meal to fulfill.

If I have to cook one more chicken, I think I will riot.
So a zisn pesach to you all and to all a good diet!

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Hava Nagila | Lyrics -

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History for 'Hava Nagila'

Hava Nagila translates as, "Let us Rejoice". It is a Hebrew folk song traditionally sung at Jewish celebrations. The melody is based on a Hassidic Nigun and was composed in 1915. There are competing claims of who wrote the lyrics. It is believed it was either written by Abraham Zevi Idelsohn or Mose Nathanson.

Hebrew Lyrics for 'Hava Nagila'

Hava nagila
Hava nagila
Hava nagila

Hava neranenah
Hava neranenah
Hava neranenah

Uru, uru aḥim!
Uru aḥim be-lev sameaḥ
(repeat line four times)

Uru aḥim, uru aḥim!
Be-lev sameaḥ

English Translation for 'Hava Nagila'

Let us rejoice
Let us rejoice
Let us rejoice and be happy.

Let us sing
Let us sing
Let us sing and be happy.

Awake, awake, my brothers!
Awake my brothers with a happy heart.

Awake, my brothers!
Awake, my brothers with a happy heart

Dance for 'Hava Nagila'

Dancers all join hands in a circle.
(Or the men can hold a handkerchief with their
female dance partners holding the other end.)
Dancers move in a circle following these steps:

1) Step the left foot across to the right
2) Let the right foot follow
3) Step the left foot in back of the right
4) Follow again with the right
This "grapevine" like motion is done in an exuberant
circular motion to the right. Dancers may sing and
the band may speed up the tempo.

Dance Variation
Dancers may form concentric circles, sometimes
dancing in opposite directions

At bar mitzvahs, the youth being celebrated may
be lifted on a chair by several strong people in
the center of the circle or even along the motion
of the circle

At Israeli weddings, as well, it is traditional
to raise the bride and groom (and sometimes other
family members) on chairs as well.

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Hava Nagila - dance of joy and fun




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Dances of the peoples of the world

Incendiary Hava Nagila

Everyone must have heard more than once, and certainly danced to the fiery melody of this world-famous melody. Hava Nagila is one of the most famous Jewish national melodies today. Its popularity around the world has expanded so much that it is considered almost the unofficial anthem of the Jews. nine0004

Where did such a memorable national dance with the optimistic name "Let's rejoice" come from?

Let's rejoice!

Hava Nagila was not always so well known by this name - in fact, it was originally just Nigun or "wordless Melody" that originated among the Jews in Eastern Europe. As with many folk melodies, no one really knew who originally wrote it, but it was just one of many ancient Hasidic folk melodies until the folklore collector Abraham Zvi Idelson rewrote it at 1918 year.

Hava Nagila: when the holiday is around

Called the "father of Jewish musicology", Idelson chose this tune for a festive concert dedicated to the defeat of the Ottoman Empire in the First World War and the entry of British troops into Jerusalem. And the melody was timed to coincide with the promulgation of the Balfour Declaration. Idelson put words (in Hebrew) from a psalm about celebration and brotherhood to the melody.

Hava Nagila: singing and dancing

The song and dance (known as The Mountain but immediately associated with the song) became an immediate hit among the common people, and then the biggest pop stars began to include it in their repertoire. Part of the success of this song and dance lies in the unusual tempo, which is very slow at the beginning and gradually speeds up as the melody progresses. This is, firstly, subconsciously associated with growing joy (especially if you take into account the words of the song), and secondly, it makes it possible for even the most inexperienced person to learn the dance movements right during it. nine0004

Zava Nagila: everyone dances

Hava Nagila has been performed at various social events, from parties, to bar mitzvahs and bat mitzvahs. The folk dance of the Jews and Romanians "Mountain" has become inextricably linked with the Hava Nagila melody and is now better known around the world under this name. Interestingly, the first recordings of Hava Nagil, made in Europe in the 20s, had a rather slow tempo. The Rhythm of Horus was added later.

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This amazingly easy and fun dance is now one of the most popular dances at parties and weddings around the world.

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