n. Traditional Jewish melody, often played at simchot (Bar and Bat Mitzvah celebrations and weddings). Guests often dance the hora, a circle dance, to the tune. (Eisenberg and Scolnic)
"The guests danced the Hava Nagila long into the night." (Glinert)Listen to recordings of this sentence: ( Recording 1)
Languages of Origin
- Textual Hebrew
הבה נגילה 'Let us rejoice'
- Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
- North America
- Great Britain
- South Africa
- Australia / New Zealand
- The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).
- The Joys of Hebrew, by Lewis Glinert (New York, 1992).
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