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The name of Israel’s national anthem is Hatikva, “The Hope,” written in 1882 by Naphtali Herz Imber (1856-1909) and published in 1886.
Hatikva was officially confirmed as the Zionist anthem at the 18th Zionist Congress in Prague in 1933. Hatikva was sung at the opening ceremony of the Declaration of the State of Israel on May 14, 1948.
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.
Kol ode balevav p’nimah
Nefesh Yehudi homee-yah
Ul’fa’atey Mizrach kadimah
Ayin l’Tzion tzofee-yah
Ode lo avdah tikvatenu
Hatikva bat shnote alpayim
L’heeyot am chofshee b’artzeinu
Eretz Tzion v’Yerushalayim
During two thousand years of exile from Jerusalem and Israel, the Jewish people continuously prayed for their return home. The few Jews allowed to remain living in the land were not free, and prayed for their renewed independence.
During prayers, Jews living outside of Israel face the direction of Israel. Those praying within Israel face towards Jerusalem. Therefore, the words of Hatikva have a timeless relevance for Jews everywhere. It reverberates with the hope of the Jewish people, through the long years of exile, to be reunited in their homeland, Israel, an independent sovereign state.
Writing the words of Hatikva repeatedly in micro calligraphy, Ellen Miller Braun created a strikingly moving, emotionally charged dual image that combines the Israeli flag and the outline of Israel today.
The bold stripes of Israel’s flag ripple and flow, protectively embracing Israel’s contours. Ancient walls create the Jewish star in the heart of the flag, which is the heart of the country, and the heart that will always and forever be, Jerusalem
To create this piece, Ellen wrote “Hatikva” 156 times, which is the gematria, or numerical value, of the word “Zion.” Zion is another name for both Israel and Jerusalem. The final inscription runs downward, hugging Israel’s Mediterranean, western coast, with the final 3 words – Eretz Tzion v’Yerushalayim, “The land of Zion and Jerusalem”- in the heart’s center.
May the heart and hope of Hatikva ring true and bring all of the Jewish people home soon “to be a free nation in our land, the land of Zion and Jerusalem.”