Dancing to "Hava Nagila."
(Courtesy of the Museum of Jewish Heritage)
Earlier this week, we aired an interview with Museum of Jewish Heritage curator Melissa Martens about the song "Hava Nagila." Martens told us about the song's origins as a "nigun" (a Jewish wordless melody), how it earned its reputation as a party song, and how it's been adapted by different cultures over time. Heck, host John Schaefer even sipped on a "Hava Tequila."
We asked our listeners to share thoughts on "Hava Nagila," and as it turns out, you all not only had a lot to say about the song, you had a little bit to sing about it as well.
Katie Bishop joined the Death, Sex & Money team in November 2014, after a three-and-a-half year stint producing WNYC's Soundcheck. She's also worked for Marketplace, Jazz at Lincoln Center Radio, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia and The State of Things with Frank Stasio on North Carolina Public Radio. Katie is a graduate of UNC Chapel Hill and a native of Rochester, New York, where she grew up playing the cello and dressing warmly.