Gershon Hepner
Gershon Hepner

Hatikvah Revisionism Revised

Progressives, rejecting the national
anthem of Israel with passion  ‘ll
say Hativkah’s a song
that is hopelessly wrong,
being racist as well as irrational.

The lyrics by Naftali Imber
are denounced by its critics as imper-
ialistic, by them as embarrassed
as trees in the forest
when not good men who’re woodmen shout “Timber!”

Its tune hits the bull’s eye, however,
and was used in another endeavor
by a Czech, Bedrich Smetana,
the Moldau the retina
Bedrich smote in his hit on the river.

Yom Ha’atzmaut chai!
Gershon Hepner

About the Author
Gershon Hepner is a poet who has written over 25,000 poems on subjects ranging from music to literature, politics to Torah. He grew up in England and moved to Los Angeles in 1976. Using his varied interests and experiences, he has authored dozens of papers in medical and academic journals, and authored "Legal Friction: Law, Narrative, and Identity Politics in Biblical Israel." He can be reached at
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