I wasn't entirely thrilled about having the Hava Nagila at our reception...well, actually I was pretty opposed to it. I know it's a tradition, but I have no interest in being up on a chair. FH pointed out that you don't *have* to do the chair part, but I know if we're not up on chairs, everyone's going to think (somewhat correctly) that the reason is because I'm 200+ pounds and it would be painful for all involved. :) I'm not self-conscious about being fat (nor do I think of it as a bad thing), but other people don't share my fat opinions. Anyways, it's also an issue because of our reception site. We don't have a ton of extra room...we're pretty much at capacity for the site. We're not going to have a big dance floor; the "dance floor" will probably be about 8'x8' if even that big. Plus, it's really another line/group dance...and I don't like line/group dances anyways.
But, FH really wanted to have it, so I started looking around a bit, trying to find a version that didn't sound quite as cheesy as Hava Nagila has sounded at the eight Jewish weddings I've been to. I stumbled across some versions on iTunes that are dance remixes, and they're pretty cool, so I thought I'd share. It's an EP of 6 re-mixes of Hava Nagila by Alex M. versus Marc Van Damme. There's a club mix, a radio edit, and some other variants. So, if you're looking for an alternative Hava Nagila, check it out. :) If you don't have iTunes, you might be able to find it at a record store...but I haven't tried looking so I don't know.
It didn't fix the other issues I have with the Hava Nagila dance, but it was cool enough that I decided not to fight this one and save up the spousal compromise credits for some other issue. :)
(x-posted to weddingplans)