Songs have been important to Israelis from the very beginning of the creation of the state. Some songs have biblical themes, some describe the beauty of the land and nature, while others express the desire for peace and the warmth of the people.
Yom Haatzmaut, Israel Independence Day, is a time to sing old songs and to write new songs about the hopes and dreams of Israel and to celebrate its accomplishments.
In this lesson, we will listen to popular Israeli songs of the past, discover new songs, and create a video montage in honor of Yom Haatzmaut.
First, a review of Yom Haatzmaut and the other special days that together are sometimes called the Israeli High Holidays>
The beautiful land of Israel is the topic of many popular Yom Haatzmaut songs.
Becoming familiar with the land is important to Israelis and hiking throughout the country is a favorite activity.
In the Torah, the first thing that God told Abraham to do after giving him the land, was to get up and take a hike.
- Why do you think that God wanted Abraham to walk the land that he would be inheriting?
- What do you learn about the land when you hike that you can't learn any other way?
The following song begins with the words spoken to Abraham, קום והתהלך בארץ, Get up and walk around the land!"
Another type of song was recorded by Israel's most well-known singers in honor of Yom Haatzmaut 2019. This song talks about connecting to the land and loving the country and its people.
Now it's your turn!
In honor of Yom Haatzmaut this year, create a photo montage using a popular Israeli song and photos of Israel.
- Choose a song
- Find a song from the YouTube Yom Haatzmaut playlist.
- Use one of the songs on this sheet.
- Find one of your favorite songs about Israel on YouTube.
- Find pictures of Israel. Your pictures should show a variety of places in Israel including different areas of the country, nature and city, historical and new. Photos can be found on the internet. If you have been to Israel, you can add photos from your trip.
- Create a montage using iMovie or wevideo.
- Share your videos with the class. Turn it into a Yom Haatzmaut celebration by eating an Israeli treat during the party.
Many people include the Prayer for the State of Israel and the Prayer for the Israeli soldiers in their Yom Haatzmaut celebrations.