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Monday, October 03, 2005

Hora or Horror?

As Jewish tradition goes, none is more synonymous with Judaic celebration than the Jewish Folk dance called the Hora. Dancing and singing in large group circles is a wonderfully fun and popular past-time at weddings and B'nai Mitzvot. Even more unforgetable is the experience of being hoisted up on chairs, high above family and friends. Sometimes, a bride and groom would be tempted to swing from the chandelier... LITERALLY! As an attendee at many weddings, I always thought how fun and wonderful it must be to be carried around a grand ballroom, as loved-ones celebrated one of the most meaningful moments of one's life. Not so as a bride, however. Ron and I were hoisted high. Though we appreciated our family and friends good intentions, the experience was scarier than I had imagined: Ron and I both fell from our chairs at least once. I can only remember seeing the beautiful antique crystal chandelier in front of me as I slipped out of my chair, and had to keep telling myself not to grab it, or we would be seeing a huge bill from the Lyman Estate the next day. Fortunately, the fall was not far and we were both caught by those below. But of course, just as soon as we both insisted we were ok, we were hoisted up again. Sounds like fun, eh?

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