The soul singer Neshama Carlebach has performed a version of Hatiqvah, the Israeli national anthem, which removes the specific Jewish yearning for the land of Israel and allows that others might have feelings for the same strip of territory. She removed the noun ‘Zion’ and the 2,000 years of Jewish yearning. It’s a rational approach, beautifully sung.
Neshama is the daughter of Rabbi Shlomo Carlebach, who laboured heart and soul to return young Jews to their spiritual heritage, more than to any physical place on earth. I doubt that her Hatiqvah will please anyone in the region. The Israeli right will denounce her for defeatism and the Palestinians, left to right, will reject any song that does not specify the superiority of their claim. Depressing, as ever.
Here’s Neshama’s reasoning.