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Teach the group the Hebrew words to "Hava Nagila" which they can sing while they dance the hora — and join in the spirit of rejoicing. You can just sing the first words of "Hava Nagila" and hum the rest of the song. Or, dance to a recorded version of the song, and invite participants to hum or sing along as they wish.
You can also teach the group the song, "Miriam and the Women," by Debbie Friedman. You can dance a hora to this song, too. The chorus words are:
And the women dancing with their timbrels
Followed Miriam as she sang her song.
Sing a song to the One whom we've exalted.
Miriam and the women danced and danced
The whole night long.
Movement-challenged participants can tap a tambourine in time to the music, or add other musical accompaniment, such as a shaker, a drum, or perhaps a “klezmer” kazoo (the wail of a clarinet in klezmer music might go very well with a kazoo!)
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Last updated on Wednesday, October 26, 2011.
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