June 8, 2007, - 1:19 pm

Video of the Day #4: Bob Dylan Does Hava Nagilah

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 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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4 Responses

Why do secular religious jews dislike chabad? The same Trinity College jewish studies professor who gave the “evil jewish conspiracy) six-day war history lesson also made a horrible anti-hassidic slur. I don’t understand it and I’m secular. Go to a chabad shul and they’re friendly, nice and real happy you’re there.

sandy on June 8, 2007 at 2:27 pm

Interviewer: “Mr Dylan, how do you explain, that, after playing the harmonica for over 35 years, you show no sign of improvement?”

spiffo on June 8, 2007 at 4:14 pm

The impression I get is that secular Jews don’t like Chabad because sometimes tries to “proselytize” Jews into becoming more religious, which unlike trying to get non-Jews to practice Judaism (against Jewish law), is totally acceptable (required?) under Jewish law.

LibertarianBulbasaur on June 8, 2007 at 5:35 pm

I’ve been hoping that Bob would come out of hiding and stand by his people.
By the way, I love Chabad. They are the most consistently kind and loving group of people I have ever met. For anyone interested in this remarkable Hasidic sect, read The Rebbe’s Army.
Why do secular Jews hate them? First of all, I’m not sure that’s even true. If secular Jews are going to like any religious group, it’s probably going to be Chabad. But for those secular Jews who DO hate Chabad, well, maybe their Jewish conscience is just a wee bit touchy . . .

AmericanJewess on June 9, 2007 at 3:12 pm

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