June 8, 2007, - 1:19 pm
By Debbie Schlussel
Here’s a short video of Bob Dylan (real name: Robert Allen Zimmerman), his son-in-law Peter Himmelman, and actor Harry Dean Stanton performing “Hava Nagilah”. Even if you are not Jewish, you’ve probably heard the song “Hava Nagilah” (“Let’s Rejoice”) on the organ at pro and minor league hockey games all over America, where it is a staple.
The performance was on a Los Angeles telethon for the Chabad Lubavitch Center of Los Angeles. The Lubavitchers are a group of Hassidic Orthodox Jews who are well-known for their kindness and generosity to all. In Los Angeles, they helped poor, homeless people dying of AIDS (who were mostly not Jewish), providing them hospice homes where they could die in peace and dignity. When I was in grad school in Wisconsin, they helped me to observe the Jewish holidays. Angelina Jolie’s father, actor Jon Voight–a proud, patriotic American who supports the troops and is very pro-Israel–appears at the end, as he was MC of the event.
FYI, Bob Dylan’s song, “Neighborhood Bully,” is a tribute to Israel, under siege by anti-Semites/Muslim nations throughout its neighborhood.
For those who watched the video, the word “mitzvah” means “good deed,” “chazzan” is cantor, and “shul” means synagogue.
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