Hora Agadati

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Hebrew: הורה אגדתי (Agadati's Hora). Circle dance traditionally attributed to Baruch Agadati and dated 1924, making it the first choreographed Israeli folkdance.

However, this is possibly not the whole story. Ayala Goren-Kadmon has asserted that her mother, Gurit Kadmon, "arranged Hora Agadati in the early 1940's using the classic movement from 1924 of Agadati[1]", which calls into question both the traditional year and the choreographer attribution.

The melody used today is by Dubi Zeltzer (with lyrics by Zeev Chavatzelet). Zemereshet says, concerning the song:

הריקוד לשיר מאת ברוך אגדתי ובעיבוד גורית קדמן.

"הורה אגדתי" הייתה בגלגולה הראשון ריקוד חסידי ללא מילים שעיצב אגדתי למנגינה חסידית שהביא מעיר הולדתו בבסרביה. מאוחר יותר, בשנות הארבעים, נולדה "הורה אגדתי" כפי שהיא מובאת כאן.

הלחן המקורי נדפס בחוברת ריקודי עם של גורית קדמן (גרט קאופמן), והוא דומה ללחנו של דובי זלצר "נאחז בכל משלט.[2]"

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The dance to the song is by Baruch Agadati, arranged by Gurit Kadman.

"Hora Agadati" was in its first incarnation a Hasidic dance without words that Agadati arranged to a Hasidic melody that he brought from his hometown in Bessarabia. Later, in the 1940s, "Hora Agadati" was born as it is presented here.

The original melody was printed in a folk dance booklet by Gurit Kadman (Gert Kaufman), and is similar to Dubi Zeltzer's melody "Neachez BeChol Mishlat".


  1. As reported by Haim Kaufman, 2021
  2. Zemereshet page on Hora Agadati

External Links

Hora Agadati at israelidances.com

Video at Rokdim