Jewish Journal

One Israeli creation for the weekend

by Noga Gur-Arieh

January 10, 2014 | 12:11 pm

Ofra Haza/ Screen capture from YouTube.

Ofra Haza was an Israeli singer who won over the nation with her clear voice that gentle grace. At the beginning of her career, Haza was mainly inspired by Yemenite music, which made her well-known amongst the more Middle-Eastern parts of the Israeli population. As her career progressed, Haza made a switch from traditional – oriental style to more commercial – pop style, earning massive recognition and becoming a household name in all of Israel. Later, she also became well known in Europe and the US. Her music fused elements of Eastern and Western instrumentation, orchestration and dance-beat. 

At the peak of her career, the adored and beloved singer passed away. Haza died on 23 February 2000 at the age of 42, of AIDS-related pneumonia. Even though there was quite controversy over her cause of death, she is still considered a loved and appreciated singer.


Yerushalayim Shel Zahav (Jerusalem of Gold) - a song written by Neomi Shemer, which became Israel's unnoficial anthem.




Ofra Haza on the Today Show, 1989


LeOrech HaYam (Alongside the ocean)

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My name is Noga Gur-Arieh, and I’m an Israeli Journalist, currently studying for my B.A degree in Media and Political Science, at Tel Aviv University.

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