Israel: Home of Hope

Published 14 May 2008

The double album of words and music created by Rabbi Sacks to celebrate Israel’s anniversary.

To celebrate Israel’s 60th anniversary in 2008, the Rabbi Sacks produced a double album – “Israel: Home of Hope” – that used the power of words and music to tell the extraordinary and inspiring story of the modern State of Israel.

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Israel is the Jewish home of hope, the place where our people was born in the age of Abraham and where, after the longest exile ever endured by a people, it was reborn in our time.

Proclaiming the State, on 14 May 1948, 5 Iyar 5708, David Ben Gurion said: “The Land of Israel was the birthplace of the Jewish people. Here their spiritual, religious and national identity was formed. Here they achieved independence and created a culture of national and universal significance. Here they wrote and gave the Bible to the world. Exiled from the Land of Israel the Jewish people remained faithful to it in all the countries of their dispersion, never ceasing to pray and hope for their return and the restoration of their national freedom.”

We pray for it still, for there has hardly been a day in sixty years when the people of Israel have not lived without war or the fear of war, terror or the fear of terror.

Israel, brought into being three  years after the Jewish people stood eyeball to eyeball with the angel of death during the Holocaust, is the Jewish people’s collective affirmation of life. Its existence and achievements are living testimony to one of Judaism’s greatest messages to humankind: the principled defeat of tragedy by the power of hope. And though Israel was built by human hands, it is impossible not to sense beneath its history, the hand of heaven.

One sentence reverberated in my mind throughout this project, a line from Hallel: ‘This is the Lord’s doing. It is wondrous in our eyes.’ May the words and music of these CDs open our minds and lift our hearts to the miracle of a land rebuilt, a people reborn, a promise fulfilled, a destiny regained.

Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks
Adar II 5768 / March 2008

CD 1:

  1. The Jewish land of hope (Rabbi Sacks)
  2. Exodus: Theme Music (Written by Ernest Gold. Courtesy Intersound / Sheridan Square Entertainment / EMI Music Publishing.)
  3. Though they no longer lived in the land, the land lived on in them (Rabbi Sacks)
  4. Im Eshkachech: If I Forget You (Sung and arranged by Shimon Craimer.)
  5. A holy people in a holy land (Rabbi Sacks)
  6. Ana Hashem: Truly God (Sung by Eli Gerstner & the Chevra. Music by Reb Shlomo Carlebach. Arranged by Eli Gerstner.)
  7. They left their land, their birthplace and their father’s house (Rabbi Sacks)
  8. Hasidah: The Stork (Sung by Shlomo Gronich & The Sheba Choir. Music by Shlomo Gronich. Words by Haim Idisis. Arranged by Shlomo Gronich.)
  9. The longest exile (Rabbi Sacks)
  10. Akevot Be-chol: Footprints in the Sand (Sung by Gad Elbaz. Written by Tamar Asnafi. Adapted by Benny & Gad Elbaz.)
  11. Whenever they could, they returned (Rabbi Sacks)
  12. Yedid Nefesh: Soul’s Beloved (Sung by Sam Glaser. Music by S. and E. Zweig. Words by Reb Eliezer Azikri.)
  13. The dream and the nightmare (Rabbi Sacks)
  14. Yerushalayim: Jerusalem (Composed and sung by Reb Shlomo Carlebach.)
  15. Not one inch they could call home (Rabbi Sacks)
  16. Keili Keili: My God, My God (Sung and arranged by Shimon Craimer. Words by Hannah Senesh.)
  17. A pillar of cloud marked the place (Rabbi Sacks)
  18. Keil Maleh Rachamim: Memorial Prayer for the Dead (Sung by Shalom Katz. Courtesy Hed-Arzi Music.)
  19. The State is born (Rabbi Sacks)
  20. Odecha: I Will Thank You (Sung by Moshe Haschel & The Ne’imah Singers. Music composed by Shalom Secunda. Arranged by Raymond Goldstein.)
  21. So many prayers have been answered (Rabbi Sacks)
  22. Ki Malakhav: His Angels (Sung by Eli Gerstner & The Chevra. Composed and produced by Eli Gerstner.)

CD 2:

  1. The bitter and the sweet (Rabbi Sacks)
  2. Al Kol Eileh: For All These (Sung and arranged by Shimon Craimer. Written by Naomi Shemer.)
  3. The Ingathering (Rabbi Sacks)
  4. Ha-masa: The Journey (Sung by The Sheba Choir. Music by Shlomo Gronich. Words by Haim Idisis.)
  5. And there was war (Rabbi Sacks)
  6. Yerushalayim Shel Zahav: Jerusalem of Gold (Sung by Sam Glaser. Written by Naomi Shemer.)
  7. Seeking Peace (Rabbi Sacks)
  8. Inshallah: God Willing (sung and arranged by Gad Elbaz. Words by Moran Elbaz.)
  9. Hopes and Disappointments (Rabbi Sacks)
  10. V’hi Sh’am’da: The Promise (Sung by Shimon Craimer. Music and arrangement by Stephen Levey.)
  11. A people sustained by faith (Rabbi Sacks)
  12. Arim Roshi: I’ll Raise My Head (Sung by Shay Gabso. Written by Moshe Dahbol and Haova Ozeri. Words by Shay Gabso.)
  13. Remembering Jerusalem (Rabbi Sacks)
  14. Jerusalem (Sung by Matisyahu. Written by Matisyahu Miller, Jimmy Douglass and Ivan Corraliza. Matisyahu appears courtesy of Epic Records.)
  15. Im Eshkachech 2: If I Forget You (Sung by Eli Gerstner & The Chevra. Music composed by Reb Shlomo Crlebach. Arranged by Yisroel Lamm.)
  16. Im Eshkachech 3: If I Forget You (Sung by Lev Tahor. Music by Reb Motel Twersky. Arranged by Leib Yaacov Rigler.)
  17. The journey is not yet over (Rabbi Sacks)
  18. Oseh Shalom Bimromav: He Who Makes Peace (Sung by Jonny Turgel. Music by Stephen Levey. Arranged by Yuval Havkin and Stephen Levey.)
  19. Remembering those who died (Rabbi Sacks)
  20. Ke-she-halev Bocheh: When the Heart Weeps (Sung by Levi Levin. Music by Shmuel Elbaz. Words by Yossi Gispan, Arlet Tzfadia. Adapted and arranged by Trevor Horn.)
  21. I believe, therefore I am (Rabbi Sacks)
  22. When You Believe (from The Prince of Egypt) (Sung by Shimon Craimer. Music and words by Stephen Schwartz. Courtesy DWA Songs / Cherry Lane Music Publishing. Arranged by Trevor Horn.)
  23. Israel, home of hope (Rabbi Sacks)
  24. Hatikvah: The Hope (Sung by Lionel Rosenfeld & The Shabbaton Choir. Words by Naftali Hertz Imber. Arranged by Trevor Horn.)