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Have a Little Hava Nagila in Your Life

Even at this very moment, if you can't find a thing to be excited about, let me help you with that by telling you about a little song that provoked a dance called the Horah. The partnering of this song to dance brought about a feeling of glee and excitement. This song was guaranteed to make people get up and start dancing. The song could also bring about a change in mood rapidly by captivating your soul with its charm. This song was so contagious, a dance became the perfect accomplice to the song's bright spirit and gave it delightful movement. The name of this song is "Hava Nagila."

As traditionally played and danced for centuries, "Hava Nagila" goes toe to toe with the Horah. In Hebrew, Hava Nagila means "Let us Rejoice." Hava Nagila is an Israeli song composed in the 1900's that caught on wildly and its meaning and joyousness has been felt universally ever since.

Rarely does a song translate across the world with such profound meaning and spirituality for decades as "Hava Nagila." People in all walks of life, all over the world, have embraced the music as symbolic of tradition, religion and rituals that will live on forever. "Hava Nagila" is played by bands at weddings and various other celebrations. It has attracted singers and performance artists to give their own interpretation to this deeply meaningful song. They all know it is a guaranteed show pleaser.

Check out this inspiring short video designed to make you smile, with a bit of historical roots. It will cheer you up, get you on your feet and inspire you at the same time. How many songs and dances do you know that can do that?

In the spirit of what this song and dance represents, I wish each and every one of you find paths filled with promise for the future and a time to rejoice.

***We have received contributions from individuals who would like to have a dear relative or friend who passed on remembered that loved to dance or was a dance aficionado. We call these memorial contributions. Perhaps you would like to have someone memorialized in this manner. Make a donation and give us their name. We have on our website a yellow brick road to engrave their name to a brick as a memorial to that person. This contribution will assist future generations of dancers and help keep young people more positive and healthy.

Thought of the Week:

Accept the preset moment and find the perfection that is deeper than any form and untouched by time. - Eckhart Tolle


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Shane Meuwissen is the Media Specialist for Fordney Foundation.  He is a former dance instructor who know works with his company Slow Motion Dance Videos capture the beauty of dancing. If you would like to learn more about Shane and his video work, visit his website

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