Not every song can sustain its power no matter how many times it is performed and reformed. But as the 65th Israel Independence Day approaches, regardless of who sings “Hatikvah,” or where or when it is performed, each version of Israel’s national anthem reminds us of the uplifting nature of the song and how it sustains a sense of unity among Jews all around the world.
“Hatikvah” by Babs:
Who better than the Queen Jew herself to perform a rendition of Israel’s most renowned anthem? Performing in 1978 at The Stars Salute Israel at 30, Barbra Streisand gave one of the most timeless, uplifting performances of “Hatikvah” that has ever been sung.
Heavy metal “Hatikvah’:
Metal-heads rejoice! If Barbra’s rendition doesn’t get you verklempt, a driving guitar riff might. Check out this version performed by former Megadeth guitarist Marty Friedman at Tel Aviv’s Theater Club
A medal-worthy rendition:
Organizers of 2012’s pre-Paralympic international competition were clearly not prepared for a win from Israel. So when Moran Samuel won the gold medal, some other anthem started playing at the medal ceremony. Samuel put on double the show that day: while accepting her gold medal, she took the microphone and sang the anthem herself.
If your love of Israel follows you to the clubs, bring this version of the anthem along with you! Ready to go for any night out or for casual listening, this upbeat rendition is both fun to dance to and accessible for all audiences.
Remembering the Munich 11:
Paying homage to the murder of 11 team members during the 1972 Olympic Games, director Steven Spielberg chose to include a stunning orchestration of the national anthem in his film “Munich.” Composer John Williams managed to create a version that was both uplifting and commemorative in nature.
‘Hatikvah’ and the Holocaust:
One of the most heart-wrenching renditions is the 1930s performance by the students of Munkács’ Hebrew gymnasium, shortly before they were transported to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.