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Happy! – Dec 27 (Naphtali Imber)

Abby Sale 27 Dec 05 - 08:18 AM
GUEST,Joe_F 27 Dec 05 - 09:57 PM
Rabbi-Sol 27 Dec 05 - 10:31 PM
Abby Sale 28 Dec 05 - 09:43 AM
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Subject: Happy! – Dec 27 (Naphtali Imber)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 27 Dec 05 - 08:18 AM

Happy Birthday!

Writer of "Hatikvah" (c.1870)

Naphtali Herz Imber

was born


        Kol od baleyvav p'nima,          As long as in a Jewish breast
        Nefesh Y'hudi homiya,             The soul's stiring has not ceased
        Ul'fa'ate mizrach kadima,         The eye for longing will not rest
        Ayin l'Tziyon tzofiya.            Until it gaze on Zion in the East.

        Od lo avda tikvateynu,            Our ancient hope will not perish
        Hatikva sch'not alpayim,          Hope from ages long since past.
        Lih'yot am chofshi b'artseynu    To live free in the land we cherish,
        Eretz Tsiyon vi'Rushalayim.       Zion and Jerusalem at last.

A Treasury of Jewish Folksong, Ruth Rubin; 1950

The tune is an old Sephardic Hallel chant, same as "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star" & used by Smetana for "The Moldau" theme.)

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Subject: RE: Happy! – Dec 27 (Naphtali Imber)
From: GUEST,Joe_F
Date: 27 Dec 05 - 09:57 PM

Originally, I believe, the last two lines were

Lashuv la'arets avotenu,

Lo 'ir bo David khana.

To return to the land of our fathers,

To the city where David encamped.

--- Joe Fineman

||: Ideally, contentment is 60% resignation and 40% consolation. :||

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Subject: RE: Happy! – Dec 27 (Naphtali Imber)
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 27 Dec 05 - 10:31 PM

You are correct Joe. I have seen a copy of the original song. It also had 3 more stanzas as well. Naftali Imber had 2 nieces, Clara & Bertha Imber who never married. They were both friends of my mother & I remember them very well from my childhood.

                                                SOL ZELLER

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Subject: RE: Happy! – Dec 27 (Naphtali Imber)
From: Abby Sale
Date: 28 Dec 05 - 09:43 AM

Thanks both. I might have referenced the prior happy? on July 6. happy? - July 6 ("HaTikvah"

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