Category — Horah / Hava Nagila

The Hava Nagila: In or Out?

Posted by The Mrs.

{Gymnast Aly Raisman performs her 2012 Olympic gold winning floor routine to the tune of Hava Nagila}

According to this recent article in The Wall Street Journal, the Hava Nagila, known to be the most popular Jewish wedding song and one that often accompanies the Hora dance, is on its way out. Some have blasted the tune as being “too cliche” and too old fashioned to play at their wedding. What do you think? Did you, or will you have the Hava Nagila played at your wedding? Is it a classic song that you can’t do without, or do you think that the song is “in danger of becoming a musical relic”?

In my opinion, there are enough renditions of the Hava Nagila to suit everyone’s musical taste. Do you know that artist such as Bob Dylan, Neil Diamond, Bruce Springsteen, and Ben Folds have performed the tune? (Click the links to see their renditions.) Because the traditional version was not really our style, we chose to play this techno version of the Hava Nagila at our wedding.

August 23, 2012   No Comments

Hava Nagila of the Month: Baby Let’s Dance!

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Our latest Hava Nagila of the month took the top spot on the UK music pop charts and became a bestseller on Christmas Day in 2007! This catchy modern rendition of the song is sung by then 17 year-old Lauren Rose.

November 18, 2009   No Comments

To Lift or Not to Lift? That is the Question.

Posted by The Mrs.


I was recently interviewed for this article on the chair lift – you know, that part of the horah dance when you and your new husband are lifted up high in a chair by your wedding guests. Being that I did not have a Bat Mitzvah, I saw the chair lift as a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. I did however make a concerted effort not to make that face, that really unflattering face that is an expression of the unbelievable fear that you might fall right out of the chair.

It seems as though there is a new backlash against the chair lift.  Some couples are choosing to omi this tradition from their wedding celebration. What do you think of the chair lift? Have you ever witnessed a chair lift mishap? Do you plan to include the chair lift at your wedding?

Photo credit: Carla Ten Eyck

October 6, 2009   4 Comments

Hava Nagila of the Month: Figure Skating

Posted by The Mrs.

Did you ever think that you’d see someone do a triple axel to the music of the Hava Nagila? Neither did I, but watch as Russian figure skater Evgeni Plushenko skates to the Hava Nagila for his short program at the 1999 World Figure Skating Championship. It’s Jewish Wedding Network’s  Hava Nagila of the Month!

October 5, 2009   1 Comment

Hava Nagila of the Month: Neil Diamond

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Neil Diamond sang Hava Nagila in not one, but two films. He first sang the song in the movie The Jazz Singer in 1980, and then in the film Keeping Up With the Steins over 25 years later!

September 15, 2009   No Comments