Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Story of Hatikvah

In observance of Yom Hazikaron, Israel's Memorial Day, and in celebration of Yom Ha'atzmaut, Israel's Independence Day, we are pleased to share this moving video on Hatikvah:

Hatikvah, Hebrew for The Hope, is Israel's national anthem, and as this documentary explains, the story of Hatikvah, like the story of Israel, and the story of the Jewish people, is complicated. But the sentiment it expresses is simple, and straightforward. Here are the lyrics:

And while we're on the subject, here is a video from 1978, featuring Barbra Streisand in telephone conversation with Golda Meir during the network broadcast of The Stars Salute Israel at 30, followed by Barbra singing Hatikvah:

And so we say, Yom Huledet Same'ach to Eretz Yisrael, to the State of Israel, 65 years old now! 

Happy Independence Day!  

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