Hatikvah ("The Hope”)          Listen 

The words to Israel's national anthem were written in 1886 by Naphtali Herz Imber, an English poet originally from Bohemia. The melody was written by Samuel Cohen, an immigrant from Moldavia. Cohen actually based the melody on a musical theme found in Bedrich Smetana’s "Moldau."


As long as deep within the heart 
A Jewish soul yearns
And toward the edges of the east
An eye to Zion looks
Our hope is not yet lost, The hope of two thousand years
To be a free people in our
Land The Land of Zion and Jerusalem.

Kol od baleivav p'nima
Nefesh yehudi homee'a
Ulfatei mizrach, kadima
Ayin l'tzion Tsofiyah

Od lo ovdo tikvateinu
Hatikva bat shnat alpayim
L'hiyot am chofshi, b'artzeinu
Eretz tzion v'yerushalayim



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