Adopted in 1948

Words by NAFTALI HERZ IMBER (1856-1909)


Latin Transliteration

Kol od balevav penimah

nefesh Yehudi homiyah

Ulefa-atej mizrach kadimah

'ayin LeTsion, tsofiah.

Od lo awvdah tikwatenu

ha'tikvah bat sh'not alpayim

liheyot am chofsi beartsenu

erets Tsion virushalayim.

(repeat previous two lines)

English Translation

As long as deep in the heart,

The soul of a Jew yearns,

And towards the East

An eye looks to Zion,

Our hope is not yet lost,

The hope of two thousand years,

To be a free people in our land,

The land of Zion and Jerusalem.

(repeat previous two lines)

Lyrics: Naphtali Herz Imber, 1878
Music: Samuel Cohen (Based on Jewish Folk Tunes of Romania and Moldavia)
Adopted: 1948