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  Hebrew Text Transliteration English Text
  Hava nagila
Hava nagila
Hava nagila ve-nismecha


Let us rejoice
Let us rejoice
Let us rejoice and be glad
  Hava neranena
Hava neranena
Hava neranena ve-nismecha


Let us sing
Let us sing
Let us sing and be glad
  Uru uru achim!
Uru achim belev sameach


Awake awake brothers!
Awake brothers with a happy heart

  Uru uru achim!
Belev sameach

Awake brothers awake brothers!
With a happy heart

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You’re only steps away from dancing to “Hava Nagila!”

  1. Find a number of friends and make a circle
  2. Feel free to link arms at the shoulder level
  3. Feet should point straight ahead (about 12 inches apart)
  4. Step left with your left foot
  5. Cross the right foot behind the left
  6. Step left with your left foot
  7. Kick your right foot out in front of you
  8. Step down with your right foot
  9. Kick your left foot out in front of you
  10. Keep going around and around, in a circle to the left!

For more variations:

  1. Form two or more concentric circles
  2. At some parties and celebrations, two special honorees are lifted up in chairs at the center of the circle (by very strong people). 
  3. While “Hava Nagila” is a good match for these dance steps, many other songs work as well!



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