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Ha-Tikvah (Eng. hope) is one of the most important musical symbols of Judaism in modern times. Developed from a poem that described the poet's yearning for Zion, it entered into the folklore treasures of Jewish Palestine (Yishuv) as a song, and became the emblem of the Zionist movement until the newly founded state of Israel finally adopted it as the national anthem.

The genesis of Ha-Tikvah is closely linked to the beginnings of the Zionist settlement of Palestine from the 1880s (Aliyah; Ḥoveve Tsiyon). It begins in Romanian Iaşi. In 1877, the poet Naphtali Herz Imber (1856–1…

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Randhofer, Regina, “Ha-Tikvah”, in: Encyclopedia of Jewish History and Culture Online, Original German Language Edition: Enzyklopädie Jüdischer Geschichte und Kultur. Im Auftrag der Sächsischen Akademie der Wissenschaften zu Leipzig herausgegeben von Dan Diner. © J.B. Metzler, Stuttgart/Springer-Verlag GmbH Deutschland 2011–2017. Consulted online on 02 October 2023 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/2468-8894_ejhc_COM_0297>
First published online: 2017
First print edition: 20200106

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