What is, hands down, the most fun and exciting part of any Jewish wedding? At religious, Orthodox Jewish weddings, men and women dance the hora separately, with a dividing wall, while Reform, Liberal and Jew-ish weddings tend to keep the party in one place. So, given how integral the hora is to a real Jewish knees up, how do you make it happen? Here are some tips to getting everybody at your wedding involved in this boisterous and brilliant tradition. If your budget can stretch to it we highly recommend a live band. If live entertainment is a little out of budget, we advise putting together a klezmer playlist or asking your DJ to dedicate a special portion of the evening to it. There are many traditional melodies to choose from. This video alone is a medley of some of the most popular songs to dance the hora to, to get your playlist going. They will, after all, be following your lead. Some klezmer bands have somebody specifically designated to get into the fray, encourage your guests to join in and show everybody what to do.
The word originates from Rumanian. As an ancient term it meant a circular folk dance. Later, it came to signify also a specific dance. The term is also used for two kinds of dance melodies in the Rumanian and Moldavian folklore: slow with triple meter, and fast with duple meter. The 'Hora' has a synonymous term: 'Juck,' although informants of Rumanian origin testify that Horah and Juck were used to signify two different dances.
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A dance from the pioneers, which is today emblematic of bar-mitsvas, weddings and other Jewish celebrations of the diaspora. Originally, the hora was a slow dance often practiced in Romania, by Jews and non-Jews. At the start of the 20th century, it arrives in Palestine where it transforms in a collective and joyous circle dance, which quickly becomes the emblematic dance of the first kibbutzniks. Originally, the hora also known as "Romanian hora", "zhok", "londre", "volakh" or "krimer" is a slow dance often practiced in Romania Moldova, Bessarabia, Bukovina and in certain areas of Ukraine, by Jews and non-Jews. The first step was short and the third was stretched, giving the impression of an irregular and lame rhythm. The horas were often used in parades and informal processions, like for example to mark the departure of guests or in-laws at the end of a wedding like the tunes Firn di mekhutonim aheym , Gasn nigun …. The Israeli hora has nothing to do with the Romanian hora. According to Yohanan Boehm Encyclopaedia Judaica 8, p. The hora would have been brought to Palestine, by Jews from Romania during the second Alyah It would have flourished during the third Alyah to reach its peak during the fourth Alyah
Hora , also known as horo and oro , is a type of circle dance originating in the Balkans but also found in other countries. The course of the seasons was also symbolically described as the dance of the Greco-Roman Horae , and they were accordingly given the attributes of spring flowers, fragrance, and graceful freshness. Also, the words hora and oro are found in many Slavic languages and have the meaning of "round dance "; the verb oriti means "to speak, sound, sing" and previously meant "to celebrate". The Khorumi dance of Georgia also might be connected to the Horon dance in the neighbouring Turkish regions, as it rose out of the Adjara region, where Kartvelian Laz people co-existed for centuries with Greek Pontians. Hora plural: hore is a traditional Romanian folk dance where the dancers hold each other's hands and the circle spins, usually counterclockwise, as each participant follows a sequence of three steps forward and one step back. The dance is usually accompanied by musical instruments such as the cymbalom , accordion , violin , viola , double bass , saxophone , trumpet or the pan pipes. The hora is popular during wedding celebrations and festivals, and is an essential part of the social entertainment in rural areas.