Israel's National Anthem is called "HaTikvah", which means "The Hope" in Hebrew. It speaks of the hope of the Jewish people for a land of their own where they can know freedom, security and peace.
The words of HaTikvah were written by Naphtali Herz Imber, an English poet originally from Bohemia. The melody was written by Samuel Cohen, an immigrant from Moldavia, and was based on a musical theme found in Bedrich Smetana's "Moldau."
Translated Words As long as the Jewish spirit is yearning deep in the heart, With eyes turned toward the East, looking toward Zion, Then our hope - the two-thousand-year-old hope - will not be lost: To be a free people in our land, The land of Zion and Jerusalem.
Transliterated Words Kol ode
balevav P'nimah Nefesh Yehudi homiyah Ulfa'atey mizrach kadimah Ayin l'tzion tzofiyah. Ode lo avdah tikvatenu Hatikvah bat shnot alpayim: L'hiyot am chofshi b'artzenu Eretz Tzion v'Yerushalayim.
Watchman & Encourager, Voice of one crying "PREPARE (return to) THE WAY OF ADONAI.