‘Hatikvah:’ Remixing Israel’s National Anthem (VIDEO)

April 16, 2013 10:45 am 6 comments

Caption: Barbra Streisand, who in 1978 sang a rousing rendition of "Hatikvah." Photo: Allan Warren.

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.

Goin’ Clubbin’:

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.

6 Comments

  • I’ve loved Barbra since 1963. Also I was also born on a May 3rd. Mazaltov!

  • Harry M. Stuart

    Although I am diametrically opposed to Ms Streisand’s US domestic politics, I would never use a slur such as ‘Queen Jew’ when writing an article which should have a scholarly tone. Shame on the writer.

  • Mordecai Ben Natan

    Streisand singing HATIKVAH IS LOVELY.
    Only problem with almost every song that she sings, is spoilt at the end with her “shouting”
    I hope that when she visits Israel soon, she will end HATIKVAH as it is written without her shouting.

  • Mordecai Ben Natan

    HATIKVAH
    Every time I hear this beautiful anthem played and sung, I have tears in my eyes, and feel extremely proud of my Jewishness, and what Israel has achieved.

    But there is a problem in Israel.
    There are many hundreds, and hopefully, millions of Israeli Arabs, (Muslim and Christian) who love Israel, but will not recognise Hatikvah as it is purely a Jewish anthem, and does not recognised non Jewish Israelis.

    I would like to suggest that Israel take a cue from South Africa.

    We used to have “DIE STEM” (The voice) which represented the whites only.
    The ANC gave this much thought and came up with an anthem which satisfies all sections of South African society.

    They introduced the Black African Anhem, and combined this with the “white” Anthem.
    We have not lost DIE STEM, as it is part of our new anthem.

    I would therefor, suggest that Israel works on a new anthem which will satisfy evey Israeli. Then every Israel would be proud to stand at attention, and sing the new anthem, maybe like South Africa has done, the words should be in Hebrew, Arabic and English.

    I would love to read comments, but before anybody “condemns” my suggestion, they should think of our non Jews who would “feel more like an Israeli”

    • I would agree with you on your comment as soon as there is a muslim, arab, or christian outcry by those citizen’s of israel when there is a bombing or an act of hatred that has been perpetrated amongst their jewish citizens.
      They live in the land of Israel and enjoy the benefits of citizens but never have they once stood up for their own fellow citizens publicly denouncing acts of hatred performed by fellow muslims. They stay quiet and for that they deserve no recognition. Israel has had to singlehandedly fight for every square inch of land and every drop of blood.
      So when they behave like brethren we will include them in our national dream.
      I am sure you will agree. I am sure you have heard no demonstrations by muslims and christians in the streets of israel denouncing the muslim/arab hatred of jews.
      I am sure you have not heard of the countless cries against their muslim brothers–no they are quiet enjoying their benefits and waiting for israel so sink.
      Thank you

  • b’h

    “Queen Jew” doesn’t show Ahavat Israel!

    Bryna Aster Efrata

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