At my shul, during Musaf of Rosh Hashanah (and i think Yom Kippur as well), they sing the piyut ויאתיו כל to the Carlebach tune. At the end, a large percentage of the community gets up and starts dancing around the shul.

On a day when we don't even say hallel, is this appropriate behavior? (Perhaps it depends on your philosophy, Chasidish or Litvak.)

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    It is forbidden to dance on Shabbat and Yom Tov. (Mishna Beitza 5:2)
    – Double AA
    Oct 5, 2016 at 0:52
  • @DoubleAA I gather that the term "rikud" as used in the mishna is a specific type which involves having both feet off the floor (like "leaping"). I'll see if I can locate an article on this discussion - it's a while since I've read it. Essence of the article is that the form of "rikud" commonly used today (the "yeshivish shuffle") is not in the category of "rikud".
    – DanF
    Oct 5, 2016 at 1:26
  • Rambam writes (Hil. Megillah 3:6): אבל ראש השנה ויום הכיפורים, אין בהן הלל, לפי שהן ימי תשובה ויראה ופחד, לא ימי שמחה יתרה
    – mevaqesh
    Oct 5, 2016 at 2:56
  • @DoubleAA Well then, what would you call it? "The clap-and-walk-around-the-bima"?
    – Scimonster
    Oct 5, 2016 at 4:32
  • @Scimonster I'd probably call that Asur.
    – Double AA
    Oct 5, 2016 at 4:44


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