April 24, 2008
Get ready to sing . . . Hatikvah!
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This hiphop version of Hatikvah by France's Francky Perez was just released
Get Ready to Sing
In 1886, Naphtali Herz Imber, an English poet originally from Bohemia, wrote the words to Israel's national anthem, "Hatikvah." Samuel Cohen, an immigrant from Moldavia, wrote the melody.
Kol ode balevav P'nimah
Nefesh Yehudi homiyah
Ulfa'atey mizrach kadimah
Ayin l'tzion tzofiyah.
Ode lo avdah tikvatenu
Hatikvah bat shnot alpayim:
L'hiyot am chofshi b'artzenu
Eretz Tzion v'Yerushalayim.
Although it is sung in Hebrew, we wanted to show you what the words of this beautiful song mean:
As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart,
With eyes turned toward the east, looking toward Zion,
Then our hope -- the 2,000-year-old hope -- will not be lost:
To be a free people in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.
In honor of Israel's 60th birthday, the "Hatikvah" initiative will attempt to set the Guinness World Record for "most people singing an anthem simultaneously" on May 7. Each community, organization, Jewish school, etc. to take part in setting the record will be awarded a Guinness World Record certificate.
For more information, visit here
There are a lot of holidays this month, and your school or synagogue probably has special activities for them. We've listed them below ... but we've taken out the vowels. See if you can fill in the blanks and then match the holiday to the date we celebrate it on. Scroll down and see if you have the right answers.
1) L_G b'_M_R
2) M_M_R__L D_Y
3) M_TH_R'S D_Y
4) R_SH CH_D_SH _Y_R
5) Y_M H_SH__H
a) May 1
b) May 5
c) May 11
d) May 23
e) May 26
A Time to Celebrate
Israel turns 60 on May 14. Which, of course, means it is party time! On May 18, Los Angeles is having an all-day bash in the park. From 10 a.m.-10 p.m. at Woodley Park (between Burbank and Victory boulevards) in Encino, hear music, watch a fashion show, enjoy tons of food, play games, enjoy rides, buy Israeli products and wish the Jewish state a happy birthday.
The Jewish Journal will be there with our friend, Anne Marie Balia Asner, author of the Matzah Ball Books series, including "Shmutzy Girl" and "Noshy Boy." Anne Marie will be signing her latest book, "Klutzy Boy," so be sure to stop by our Readers Lounge and take a break from the heat. Yom Hooledet Sameach Yisrael!
For more information, visit http://www.israelfestival.com/
YeLAdim May Day quiz answers: 1d, 2e, 3c, 4b, 5a