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Uruguay Sings Hatikvah
By Micah Halpern

Friday June 4, 2021
I've Been Thinking:

I was stunned when I heard Israel’s national anthem being sung in the second season of “Who’s Got Talent” in Uruguay.

The name of Israel’s national anthem is HaTikvah, which means “The Hope”. The anthem was sung by Lucia Abealar, a contestant in the competition. She translated the song and sang her own version.

The four judges were visibly moved. One even quoted the song, speaking about the soul that yearns to be free. And then all four judges unanimously sent Lucia on to the third round of competition.

In introducing the song HaTikvah, the contestant correctly explained that the lyrics are a poem written by Naftali Hertz Ember in 1878 and that the music was added later.

Uruguay has no real skin in the game. They are a small country that has returned to, once again, being a democracy. The people of Uruguay care about important values and they have become friends of Israel.

We are often jaded by the many negative and loud voices heaping criticism upon Israel. But we must always maintain our faith and understanding in the values we know to be true.

It has taken Who’s Got Talent to teach us that love of Israel can be a universal concept.

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6 June 2021 07:47 AM in Thoughts

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