A Gold medal for Hava Nagila (& versions by the Beatles, Capt. Kirk, & Ms. Egypt)

August 01, 2012

Alexandra Raisman



[Note by Tom Gross]

American Jewish gymnast Alexandra Raisman helped Team USA win the gold medal at the London 2012 Olympics yesterday, for the prestigious women’s artistic gymnastics.

The 18-year-old, who was also the American team captain, performed her floor routine to the tune of the Hebrew folk song “Hava Nagila”. The song, the title of which means “let us rejoice,” originated among Ukrainian Jews.

Raisman, of Needham, Massachusetts, was trained by the former coaches of the Israeli national team, Mihai and Sylvia Brestyan.

I have updated one of my previous “Video dispatches” to include Raisman’s performance. And because it is now summer, and to provide some light relief from the Middle East-related dispatches on this list, which can often be depressing, you may like to watch some of these videos again, here.

1. Texas-style
2. Performed by Spock and Kirk
3. And with the help of Russian soldiers
4. A rendition by Dutch violinist and conductor Andre Rieu
5. A beautiful version from Iran
6. Hava Nagila on ice
7. Performed by former Miss Egypt, singing superstar Dalida
8. The Jewish Beatles
9. A Bollywood film version from India
10. Performed by members of the small Jewish community of Cuba
11. Hava Hagila (baby let’s dance)
12. American gymnast Aly Raisman wins gold at the London 2012 Olympics


For a previous dispatch about the London Olympics, please see:

PA thanks IOC for refusing to honor Munich victims (& Abbas’ role in the massacre)


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