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Tags: People and Society, Diversity, 70 Faces, Inclusion, Inspiration and Hope, Jewish Identity

This powerful video shows the greatness of Israel, all the incredible things Israel does as well as the many faces of Israel, the amazing people who come from so many different backgrounds to be a part of this incredible country. The song was written to inspire Israelis and Jews all over the world to be proud of their identity and country and give them more strength against all the hatred and lies being thrown at them from all over.

Video by Yehuda Gelb

Song written and sung by Rachel Cohnen

Lyrics:
 
Yeah
It’s our time we stand up and shine our light
Ani Ma’amin
 
Why this war of the mind
Ani Ma’amin
All those tears we cried
Make us stronger
Am Yisrael Chai
Darling take my hand
Pride shines in our eyes
 
We are a mosaic of ethnicity
Unconditional love of community
Walking in the footsteps of history
Jerusalem of Gold, our holy city
 
A nation of song, a nation of prayer
Making a better world everywhere
Green technology, and let me mention
We are a start-up nation
 
Nobel prizes, literacy and medicine
Israel is creating innovative inventions
Helping with national disaster
If help is needed we’ll be there faster
 
You want to know why there’s a war of the mind
Innocent babies are programmed and designed
Taught love as hate or hate as pride
Throughout history these worlds collide.
 
Yeah
Blue and white, wave your flag around the world, let’s unite
It’s our time that we stand up and shine our light
Boom-bang-flash, your heart starts racing
In our history it was us they were chasing
When we unite, when we come together
We won’t be afraid, we’ll be here forever
On Yom Ha’Atzmaut, May 14, 1948
Arm in arm we became a state
 
From the blazing sunsets to golden sunrise
Our history, our journey, our future continue to thrive
Think good, it will be good
Now what we see is 
Fireworks from ammonium and nitrate to celebrate our victory
Put your hand on my heart, look in my eyes
For the souls that have perished looking from above
To heroes living on land, I am Israel, show your love
Blue and white, blue and white
 
Israel’s beauty takes your breath away
Am Yisrael is here to stay
It’s good for your heart, it’s good for your soul
From skiing in Hermon to taking a tiyul
 
Eilat, Tel Aviv, Shomron, Kiryat Gat
Sderot and Hevron, we think of you a lot
Gush Katif we have not forgot
 
Extremism is a germ spreading worldwide
It needs extinction, it needs to subside
Hand in hand, let peace be our fate
Terrorism let’s obliterate
 
[Montage: People saying “I am Israel” in their native languages]
 
Why this war of the mind
Ani Ma’amin
All those tears we cried
Make us stronger
Am Yisrael Chai
Darling take my hand
Pride shines in our eyes
 
It’s our time that we stand up and shine our light
Blazing sunsets to golden sunrise
Our history, our journey, our future continue to thrive
Yom Ha’Atzmaut, May 14, 1948
Arm in arm we became a state
From blazing sunsets to golden sunrise
Our history, our journey, our future continue to thrive
I am Israel, show your love
Blue and white, blue and white
Ani Ma’amin
Yeah

RELEVANT VOCABULARY/PHRASES

Ani Ma’amin - אני מאמין - I believe
Am Yisrael Chai - עם ישראל חי - The Nation of Israel Lives
Yerushalayim Shel Zahav - ירושלים של זהב - Jerusalem of Gold
Kachol V’Lavan - כחול ולבן - Blue and White* 
Yom Ha’Atzmaut - יום העצמאות - Independence Day 
Tiyul - טיול - trip/hike
 
*Blue and White is a reference to the Israeli flag, similar to calling the American flag the Stars and Stripes
 


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