The Israeli National Anthem, HaTikvah (the Hope) was composed before the creation of the State of Israel in 1948.
It expresses the passionate desire of a displaced people to return to their Biblical homeland.
But, once the State of Israel was born, the lyrics of the anthem’s beautiful melody became obsolete.
Why should Jews continue to hope for a homeland when Jews have a homeland?
Likewise, there has never been a satisfactory English-language version of the song.
Hence, here is my updated version of the anthem which I have named “The Will,” drawn from Theodore Herzl’s famous quote: “If you will it, it is no dream.”
I feel this is particularly meaningful now, in early 2024, at a time when Israel is combatting a lethal enemy in the form of Hamas.
The song’s words ask God to provide Israel with the strength to vanquish its enemies and to protect, promote and preserve Zion and Jerusalem.
The eternal home of the Jewish people.
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—Peter Weisz