Music: Palestinian Ballet

And David danced before the Lord with all his might.—II Samuel 6:14.

And Miriam the prophetess . . . took a timbrel in her hand; and all the women went out after her with timbrels and with dances.—Exodus 15:20.

In the days before the Diaspora (the dispersal from Palestine), the Jews were a dancing people. As they wandered over the face of the earth they took up the dances of other nations, forgot their own. But one small group of about 3,000 Jews did not forget: the Yemenite Jews* who, driven from Jerusalem by the Roman...

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