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Israel ➩ National Anthem - HaTikva (HaTikvah)

Hatikva - English Lyrics

As long as deep in the heart,
The soul of a Jew yearns,
And forward to the East
To Zion, an eye looks
Our hope will not be lost,
The hope of two thousand years,
To be a free nation in our land,
The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

Hebrew Lyrics

Kol od balevav p'nimahכל עוד בלבב פנימה
Nefesh Yehudi homiyahנפש יהודי הומיה
Ulfa'atey mizrach kadimahולפאתי מזרח קדימה
Ayin l'tzion tzofiyahעין לציון צופיה
Od lo avdah tikvatenuעוד לא אבדה תקותנו
Hatikvah bat shnot alpayimהתקוה בת שנות אלפים
L'hiyot am chofshi b'artzenuלהיות עם חופשי בארצנו
Eretz Tzion v'Yerushalayimארץ ציון וירושלים

Hatikva - Sound Files

To download a sound file of the National Anthem, Hatikva, right-click file name and choose "Save Target As...". PLEASE, DO NOT LINK TO A SOUND FILE DIRECTLY. IF YOU WISH TO USE ONE, DOWNLOAD AND USE AT YOUR OWN SERVER.

File nameFormatSoundSize (bytes)
Hatikva-strings1MidiStrings and organ1,815
Hatikva choralmp3Chorus778,956
Hatikva-orchestramp3Orchestra1,234 kb
Hatikva-Streisandmp3Barbra Streisand428,118
Hatikva-National-Military-Bandmp3Band1 MByte
Hatikva-vocalmp3Vocal1.3 MByte

1 From Andreas Geffe


The title of the national anthem, HATIKVA, means "The Hope." It was written by Naftali Herz Imber (1856-1909), who moved to Palestine in 1882 from Galicia. The melody was arranged by Samuel Cohen, an immigrant from Moldavia, from a musical theme in Smetana's "Moldau" that is partly based on a Scandinavian folk song.

Hatikva expresses the hope of the Jewish people, that they would someday return to the land of their forefathers as prophesied in the Hebrew Bible. The Jewish people were exiled from Israel in 70 C.E. by the Roman army led by Titus who destroyed the Temple in Jerusalem (see Brief History of Israel). During the two thousand years of exile, the Jewish people said special daily prayers for return to Israel while facing the East in the direction of Jerusalem. They celebrated the holidays according to Hebrew seasons and calendar. Zion is synonymous with Israel and Jerusalem.