FORWARD EDITORIAL: Never underestimate the power of music to bind a nation and embrace its aspirations. Does the Israeli national anthem, Hatikvah, do that?
The Forward asked Neshama Carlebach to launch a musical conversation about whether the words of “Hatikvah” should be altered to include the sentiments of Israel’s Arab population. Here is her soulful rendition of the anthem with lyric changes (in blue) suggested by our language columnist, followed by the anthem as it is now sung.
Should Israel change ‘Hatikva’ to make it representative of the whole country, not just its Jewish residents? Across Israel, opinions are divided.
Agreeing that a national anthem should be for all citizens, Philologos explains how ‘Hatikvah’ could be rewritten to make it acceptable to Israeli Arabs.
Most Israelis didn’t sympathize with an Arab-Israeli judge who refused to sing the national anthem. That could be because they have little real interaction with Arabs, Leonard Fein writes.