Sunday, June 05, 2005

Tomorrow is Yom Yerushalayim, on which Israel remembers and celebrates the reunification of the city during the Six-Day War in June 1967. Our six-year-old daughter, in spite of having laryngitis and a fever, has been singing songs about Jerusalem for more than a week now. When I drove with her in our car this afternoon we happened to listen to a compilation CD with classic songs in Hebrew, among which Jerusalem of Gold ( btw, recently it has been revealed that the song's genesis is slightly different than had been thought previously: the melody is inspired by a Basque folk song ). When Shuly Nathan sang the refrain "Jerusalem of gold, and of bronze, and of light, Behold I am a violin (*) for all your songs" our daughter asked me "Why a violin? It could also be a drum, a trumpet, a flute or even a tuba, couldn't it?".
(*) the Hebrew word "kinor" means "violin" in Modern Hebrew, but I suppose that here a "kinor David" ( small harp, lyra Davidis ) is meant.

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