Hatikva - Israel's National Anthem





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The words of Israel's national anthem were written as a nine-stanza poem by poet Naftali Herz Imber and were first published in 1876 or 1877 (the exact date is unknown). It served as the anthem of the Zionist Movement at the 18th Zionist Congress in 1933. When the State of Israel was established, the first stanza and refrain were adopted as the national anthem. Until 2004, Hatikva was not officially the national anthem when it was rooted in the "Flag and Emblem Law" of 1949 which then became the "Flag, Emblem, and National Anthem Law, 5709-1949." - Knesset Website





Hebrew Lyrics to Hatikva


כֹּל עוֹד בַּלֵּבָב פְּנִימָה
נֶפֶשׁ יְהוּדִי הוֹמִיָּה,
וּלְפַאֲתֵי מִזְרָח, קָדִימָה,
עַיִן לְצִיּוֹן צוֹפִיָּה,

עוֹד לֹא אָבְדָה תִּקְוָתֵנוּ,
הַתִּקְוָה בַּת שְׁנוֹת אַלְפַּיִם,
לִהְיוֹת עַם חָפְשִׁי בְּאַרְצֵנוּ,
אֶרֶץ צִיּוֹן וִירוּשָׁלַיִם.





English Transliteration of Hatikva


Kol od balevav penimah,
Nefesh yehudi homiyah,
Ulefa-atei mizrach, kadimah,
Ayin letziyon tsofiyah.

Od lo avdah tikvateinu
Hatikva bat shnot alpayim,
Lihyot am chofshi be-artzeinu,
Eretz tzion, virushalayim.





English Translation of Hatikva

As long as in the heart within,
The Jewish soul yearns,
And toward the eastern edges, onward,
An eye gazes toward Zion.

Our hope is not yet lost,
The hope that is two-thousand years old,
To be a free nation in our land,
The Land of Zion, Jerusalem.




Links about Hatikva



Hatikva Sound Files


Library of Congress Hatikva Recording


Milken Archive of Jewish Music: Sing unto Zion


Aish: The History of Hatikvah


3 things you did not know about "Hatikva" (Hebrew video)


Israel Philatelic Federation: Hatikva


Safa Ivrit: Hatikva (Hebrew article about the lyrics)



15 Unique Videos of Hatikva



70 Years Anniversary Ceremony - Mount Herzl - Jerusalem - Israel




Hatikvah with English and Hebrew lyrics




KOLture Shock Hatikva (on Jerusalem Light Rail)




Zubin Mehta & Israel Philharmonic Orchestra - Hatikva (live in Israel, 1988)




Hatikva national anthem played on restored jewish Holocaust violins




Hatikva by Dudu Fisher




30,000 Israelis sing Hatikva - Israel Vs Wales




EL AL Airlines - Hatikva




Accent - Hatikvah (Israeli National Anthem)




Hatikva (The Hope) performed by Shiri Maimon (pre-mondial game 2006)




Hatikvah (national anthem of Israel) at the Kotel




HaTikvah Israel National Anthem - Performed by AMIT Children




Hatikvah permformed at Israel Vs Russia Soccer Game 2007




HaTikvah Sung Around the World (2018)




Hatikvah performed by Enrico Macias




The Moldau (source of Hatikva melody)










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