The Society of Folk Dance Historians (SFDH)
Information: A dance.
Translation: How pleasant
Pronunciation: MA nah-ah-VOO
Source: Choreographed in 1956 by Raya Spivak to a song written by her husband, Joseph Spivak.
The last bar of the first motif:
The first one is the original in this country, learned by Miriam Lidster in Israel, but she later published the second. And I trust Stan Isaacs a lot. So how come Texas, Milwaukee, and Australia do the fourth version? I'd suggest here it's more important to be polite than to be correct. After all, the words say: "How pleasant are the footsteps over the hills of he who heralds peace and salvation." I don't know who this Herald guy is, but I sure like his message!
/ Ma na'avu al heharim,
Rag'lei hamevaser, ho . . . /
/ Mashmi'a yeshu'a,
Mashemi'a shalom. /
How beautiful on the mountains.
The footsteps of the messenger, ho . . .
Bring the tidings of deliverance;
Bring the tidings of peace.
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