Below is a great video about the meaning and origins of the familiar Hava Nagila.
The familiar words are translated as follows:
Come, let us rejoice and be happy!
Come, let us sing!
Awake, awake brothers!
Awake brothers with a joyful heart!
Perhaps the DJ's at so many of our simchas should watch this video to better appreciate the meaning of the song that brings everyone to the dance floor. Perhaps it would be helpful if we took a few moments to remind ourselves of the meaning of this not so ancient but ever popular song.
I particular like the Hasidic saying that Danny Maseng shares: "There are ten levels of prayer. And above them is music." I often find this to be true, especially when praying at the JCB accompanied by our cantor and musicians!