Every Jew, and even non-Jew, knows that Hava Nagila is a staple at Jewish celebrations.
It’s the song that gets even the most reluctant and shy relative out of his or her seat and onto the dance floor.
And that’s usually where the story of Hava Nagila ends---until now.
Director and Producer Roberta Grossman and Producer Marta Kauffman, the co-creator of the wildly popular show “Friends,” delved deeper into the history, meaning, and relevance of the centuries-old song for the documentary film Hava Nagila.
But how much can one really say about a song and dance?
Apparently, enough to fill 75 minutes worth and still be entertained!
It’s refreshingly funny, informative, and for many Jews, represents a tradition that they can identify with and be proud of.
Perhaps the most touching part of the film was 97 year old pianist Irving Fields’ cameo; proving once and for all that when it comes to Hava Nagila, there is no generational gap—just a celebration of life and truly living it.