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Hava Nagila (הבה נגילה) means “Let us rejoice,” and it’s an Israeli folk song that you have probably heard many many times at weddings and Bar and Bat Mitzvah ceremonies, not to mention episodes of TV shows. It’s a staple of pretty much any Jewish band.
The tune is based on a Chasidic melody and was set to music in 1915’s Ottoman-era Palestine, when Hebrew was being revived for the first time as a spoken language in almost 2,000 years (since the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 CE).
Ready to party? Make sure you know the words first with this Hava Negila lyrics video from Shaboom! LET’S REJOICE!
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