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Who’s up for a Vietnamese Flash Mob singing Hine Mah Tov? (Psalm 133)

Who’s up for a Vietnamese Flash Mob singing Hine Mah Tov? (Psalm 133)

I sure am.

I mentioned in a post last night that when Anatoly (Nathan) Sharansky arrived in Israel in 1986, the crowd sang Hene Mah Tov, the lyrics of which start with Psalm 133:

I.הִנֵּה מַה טוֹב = Hine mah tov
Behold how good

וּמַה נָּעִים = uMah-Nayim
and how pleasing

שֶׁבֶת אָחִים גַּם יַחַד = shevet achim gam yachad
if brothers could sit together in unity

It’s a traditional hymn. Here is the traditional melody I’m use to, though there are other melodies, like this folk version.

In my hunting around for video of Sharansky, I found this much more modern and upbeat version. The video is of a crowd of mostly young people in Vietnam dancing. Yes, Vietnam. In 2014.

I enjoyed it, I hope you will too.


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Very coo! Looks like maybe a bunch of Catholic school kids led by their priest.

I remember learning the more traditional version in grammar school, but it wasn’t to waltz time!

I was one of about five kids in school on Jewish holidays at Warner Ave. Elementary. But we did learn a lot of folk songs…

Nice! The newer version being danced to is sung by the Miami Boys Choir, and can be found here:

    Milhouse in reply to ariagain. | April 19, 2015 at 5:30 pm

    I was about to post the same two links! For those who didn’t follow them, the first is the Miami Boys Choir recording which seems to be the one the Vietnamese are dancing to. The second link is to a group of former members of the choir, now grown men, singing the same song. It’s been a MBC standard for years.

Henry Hawkins | April 19, 2015 at 2:07 pm

I bet a guy $50 this morning that I’d never see the headline:

“Who’s up for a Vietnamese Flash Mob singing Hine Mah Tov?”

Well, that’s what I get for being faithless.

The General Synod of the Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church–a small conservative Presbyterian denomination–ends with the singing of this psalm. Our denomination descended from the psalm-singing Scots, and we still sang exclusively from the Psalter until I was a teen.

There are at least a dozen tunes to this verse, some of them even older than the one you learned.

Just sent this to four Vietnamese friends I had dinner with in Houston on Friday night. All were Vietnamese Army Officers and POW’s before coming to our country. I like the sentiment expressed in the verse.

DINORightMarie | April 20, 2015 at 8:24 am

I miss that “like” option!! Fantastic!!! 😀